MARYS RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

Inspiring and supporting voluntary stewardship of the Marys River Watershed.

aka MRWC   |   Corvallis, OR   |  www.mrwc.org

Mission

Marys River Watershed Council inspires and supports voluntary stewardship in the Marys River Watershed.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Holly Purpura

Main address

P.O. Box 1041

Corvallis, OR 97339 USA

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EIN

93-1314764

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Watershed Restoration

Restoration projects are crafted to improve natural watershed processes such as shading streams, accumulating spawning gravels, and providing winter slack water habitat for cutthroat trout and other native fishes. As well, MRWC is carrying out beaver-centric restoration and has been working with Pacific lamprey and freshwater mussels. On the basis of sub basin assessments, we work with landowners to develop, fund and implement full watershed restoration plans.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Marys River Watershed Council offers several outdoor education programs for area schools, providing hands-on, place-based lessons in watershed science and ecology. Our goal is to inspire a passion for learning about nature and an understanding of land and water stewardship. Each year we host more than 750 children at various sites around Marys River watershed, engaging kids in hands-on restoration activity. Many of our programs are based on lands owned or managed by Greenbelt Land Trust, and lessons are co-taught by Institute for Applied Ecology and Benton Soil and Water Conservation District. Our education programs would not be possible without the support of our stellar volunteers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Marys River Watershed Council works with private landowners to provide connecting habitats between protected conservation lands. Focal species are Fender's blue, Taylor's checkerspot and Monarch butterflies.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stream miles enhanced or restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Watershed Restoration

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stream miles restored or enhanced to prevent erosion, open up fish passage, and provide shade to keep streams cool and clean.

Culverts, dams, fords and bedrock corrected with appropriate fish passage.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Watershed Restoration

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our work on this effort opens up rivers and streams so that fish can easily migrate to spawning areas without stress.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Restoration. MRWC's goal is to work with landowners to restore natural function to streams and wetlands, prairies and oak savannas. We begin by creating relationships based on trust, followed by an investigation of stream conditions, and a road map of top priority restoration plans. Road map in hand, the next step is to gather local landowners to describe the roles their properties and contributions play with respect to habitat for cutthroat trout, butterflies and Pacific lamprey. We seek willing landowners and project funds to do the work. Most of the restoration work is carried out by contractors, in tandem with landowners.

Education. In partnership with local schools and other non-profits, we provide opportunities for outdoor learning through field exploration and service projects around the watershed. We also participate in opportunities for informal education.

Outreach. The Council hosts project tours, workshops and quarterly presentations regarding aspects of watershed health. Recent forum topics include the role of forests in the watershed, Pacific lamprey, and a panel on local pollinators, including bees and butterflies.

Collaboration with a diverse group of entities such as government agencies, non-profits, landowners, foundations, corporations and volunteers is critical to the health and well-being of MRWC.

These relationships ensure MRWC has adequate funding, technical expertise, and general support to assess, plan, organize, and implement restoration, education and outreach projects and endeavors.

MRWC collaborators include:
*Amazon
*Benton SWCD
*Cascade Pacific RC&D
*First Alternative Co-op
*Fred Meyer
*Freshwaters Illustrated
*Greenbelt Land Trust
*Institute for Applied Ecology
*Meyer Memorial Trust
*Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
*US Fish & Wildlife Service
*US Forest Service
*Willamette Habitat Restoration
*Almost 200 Marys River landowners
*More than 150 individual supporters and volunteers

MRWC began as a kitchen table conversation in 1998 and evolved over the years to establish itself as a valuable community partner in stream health, bringing together many collaborators whose expertise in watershed science, communications, and business management have increased the capacity of MRWC to achieve its mission-driven work.

MRWC's Board consists of representatives from Greenbelt Land Trust, Natural Resource Conservation District (NRCS), Turnstone Environmental, Oregon State University, and Freshwaters Illustrated. These individual representatives bring organizational management, botany, forestry, biology and hydrology expertise, as well as watershed ecology.

MRWC has achieved great restoration success in the middle section of the Marys River Watershed. More work is needed in both the upper Marys River and urban streams.

MRWC has had amazing success in working to support education of k-12 kids, and due to funding challenges has more work to do raising awareness of the value of environmental education as we work to inspire a new generation of watershed stewards.

MRWC's organizational house is in good order and has the capacity to respond to any inquiry from a fiduciary perspective. The next opportunity is to create compelling communications and stories that inspire individuals to rise up and financially support MRWC on a regular and ongoing basis.

Financials

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MARYS RIVER WATERSHED COUNCIL

Board of directors
as of 4/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Thom Whittier


Board co-chair

Bill Blakney

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Female
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