Who We Are

We are a 501(c)(3) organization that helps watershed residents work together to improve the health of the Coos watershed. These efforts are rooted in science and driven by the belief that balance between economic and environmental interests is possible.

What We Do

The Coos Watershed Association creates a local, non-governmental network and funding resource so that landowners can easily communicate their issues and opportunities, and explore ideas and techniques for land management and watershed health.

What You Can Do

The Coos Watershed Association accepts donations in multiple forms. You can even donate your time! Every donation you make, big or small, strengthens our watershed by supporting community based education, monitoring, and restoration efforts.


We are now accepting applications for a Monitoring Program Manager, who will be responsible for innovating, managing, and sustaining the Association’s multi-faceted monitoring program, including serving as the Monitoring Coordinator for the Coos Basin Coho Partnership (CBP). This is a full-time (35-40 hours/week), hourly, non-exempt position with benefits that will involve both office and field time.

We are looking for interested students or recent graduates, ages 16-24, to work on our summer restoration youth crew. The youth crew assists with CoosWA's ecological restoration projects, including maintaining tree plantings, removing invasive plants, constructing fences, collecting native seed, helping out in our native plant nursery, and working alongside natural resource professionals.

The Coos Watershed Mayfly Festival is returning to Mingus Park on May 20! Join us for a day of watershed celebration, education, and fun for the whole family. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor or volunteer, contact

Learn more about our recent accomplishments and highlights in our 2022 annual report. It was a great year with some great projects being done in partnership with some really great community partners. We would love to hear what you think!

Apply for a Spring Coho Life Cycle Monitoring Internship!

We are seeking interns to help with our Coho Life Cycle Monitoring program this spring. Must have a flexible schedules with 1-2 free days per week and reliable transportation. For more info, visit

We recently wrapped up the four-year process of developing the Coos Basin Strategic Action Plan for Coho Salmon Recovery (SAP) with the Wild Salmon Center, and the final draft is now available! This project prioritized the areas and restoration actions most needed to improve coho salmon productivity within the Coos Basin over the next 25 years.

Volunteer Opportunity: Native Plant Nursery Days

Join us for the next wave of volunteer days at our nursery! The property is in the middle of a wetland preserve, so in addition to helping out with plant projects, you will also have the opportunity to watch birds and other wildlife.
When: 4th Thursdays, from 8am-noon
Spring 2023 dates:
  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 23
  • April 27
Where: Off of Catching Slough; exact location and directions will be provided upon sign-up.
Sign up (required): Email Ed Cope at or call 541-888-5922 Ext. 305. RSVP by 5pm on Tuesday of the event week. Feel free to email or call us with questions.
More info: To learn more about the Matson Creek Wetland Preserve and the role of native plants in watershed health, visit

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