South Fork of the John Day River Watershed
Located in central Oregon, the South Fork of the John Day River (SFJDR) flows northward from its headwaters in the Ochoco and Aldrich Mountains and enters the mainstem of the John Day River at Dayville, OR. In its entirety, the South Fork subbasin drains approximately 607 square miles. The length of the mainstem of the South Fork, from its headwaters to it's mouth, is approximately 55 miles.
Upstream fish migration is prevented at river mile 28 by the Izee Falls, a 45 foot tall cascading waterfall. The watershed above Izee Falls is referred to as the Upper South Fork of the John Day River Watershed and below is the Lower South Fork John Day Watershed.
The mission of the Council is to: 1) maintain or improve the health of the South Fork John Day River and its uplands, tributaries, riparian areas and fish and wildlife habitat; 2) maintain and improve the long term economic stability of the region; 3) foster better understanding of the natural, cultural, and socio-economic resources of the South Fork; 4) include a broad and diverse representation of geographic and natural resource interests in the watershed; and 5) work collaboratively with people, businesses and communities to develop and carry out voluntary on-the ground watershed restoration activities.
1. Education & Outreach
Promote a sense of awareness and understanding among all watershed users and landowners as to how their land management practices and personal actions can positively or adversely impact the South Fork John Day River watershed.
2. Partnership Development
Foster an atmosphere of cooperation and coordination with all landowners, citizens, organizations, and agencies with responsibilities and interests in the watershed.
3. Water Quality and Water Quantity
Maintain, enhance, or restore water quality suitable for all beneficial uses in watershed streams.
4. Fish and Wildlife Habitat
Maintain, enhance, and restore fish and wildlife habitat throughout the watershed.