Klamath Watershed Partnership Mission

To conserve, enhance and restore the natural resources of the Klamath Basin, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the regional economy and local communities.

Who is the Klamath Watershed Partnership?

The Partnership is a community-based organization that provides watershed education and restoration in the Upper Klamath Basin. A diverse Board of Directors includes members of the Tribal, agricultural and conservation communities, as well as representatives of eight local working groups. Together they help direct the activities of the Partnership in ways that sustain, not only the ecosystem, but also local economies.

The Partnership is involved from start to finish in a wide range of large and small voluntary restoration projects throughout the Basin. The project begins when a landowner contacts the Partnership with an interest in restoration work, such as riparian fencing to help reduce stream bank erosion, screening diversions, or a new irrigation system that uses water and power more efficiently. Staff from the Partnership then works closely with them to design a project that fits with their values and also pencils out economically for them. Learn More>


2013 Klamath Watershed Annual Report>
2012 Klamath Watershed Annual Report>


Related Reports and Findings:

Geomorphology and Flood-Plain Vegetation of the Sprague and Lower Sycan Rivers,
Klamath Basin, Oregon
This report summarizes all aspects of the study. Click here to read the report.

Restoration of Dry Forests in Eastern Oregon:
A Field Guide
To download a copy of the field guide visit:

Evaluating Stream Restoration Projects in the
Sprague River Basin
Click here to read the report

Stretching Water in the Sprague River Valley
By: Dani Watson

Click here to read the report

Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comphrehensive Agreement
Visit to read the agreement.


Want to Help the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn donations!

You can help the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here's how the program works:

- Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Klamath Watershed Partnership at You can search for us by our name or by non-profit number 82253
- Then, everytime you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn a donation!
- You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
- If you do not have a Reqards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store.
- For more information, please visit

Thank you from the Klamath Watershed Partnership



If you are in need of tree protectors for your small tree saplings, please contact the Klamath Watershed Partnership at, and we can make arrangements for pickup.

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2015 Winter Wings Festival
Klamath Falls, OR
February 13-15, 2015

The 2015 Winter Wings Festival will be held February 13-15, 2015, at the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) College Union in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  The Festival is a celebration of eagles, raptors and waterfowl and is a community-wide event that offers a variety of field trips, mini-sessions and workshops. This year the keynote speakers are Richard Crossley and Jennifer Wu, who both are outstanding leaders in birding and photography, respectively. 

In addition to an exciting selection of field trips, mini-sessions and workshops, there is also an emphasis on top quality photographers, commercial vendors and artists, primarily in nature-related fields.  This is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of something that is getting bigger and better each year.  The 2014 Festival had over 600 registrants with an additional 1200 attendees that walked in during the event. 

Display space for participating agencies and/or non-profits without sales vendors is available on a first come-first serve basis and there is no charge for the first table; however, a second table will be $35.  Vendor sales space is $70 per table or space and $80 per table or space with electricity (limited availability). We still have a few vendor and display spaces available for the festival weekend. If you are interested or know of a nature, crafts or photography vendor that might like to come, contact Ginny Monroe at 


Annual Donation Drive

In 2007 the Watershed Council and the Klamath Basin Ecosystem Foundation (KBEF) combined resources to more effectively serve the communities where we work and KWP was born.

Our mission “To conserve, enhance and restore the natural resources of the Klamath Basin, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the regional economy and local communities” has never held more significance. Partnerships, collaboration and the willingness to work together for a common purpose are incredibly important to this community. 

Again this year we are initiating an annual donation drive in order to support three areas of need within our organization and the community.  We are seeking funding for our beaver management program, restoration efforts, and for our general fund, which supports staff time for writing grants and working with landowners interested in voluntary projects.

Our beaver management program continues to gain momentum as landowners realize the benefit of using mitigation and relocation measures to manage beavers. In addition, natural resource agencies and others appreciate having beavers relocated into restored areas to enhance their efforts.  Donations for this program will be used to continue mitigation and relocation projects.   

Our restoration efforts have become a renewed focus as we assist landowners with protection of springs, streams and rivers in the Klamath Basin.  In order to be proactive, KWP is helping farmers and ranchers with installation of fencing, removal of juniper, improvements for fish passage, riparian plantings, and management plans to improve water quality.  These efforts require considerable outreach time and expertise.  Grants for restoration are not always timely which makes donations for this program crucial for moving ahead with solutions.

And finally KWP is in need of what the non-profit world calls “capacity”.  Capacity is defined as the ability to effectively achieve our mission.  Our need is quite specific; we need funds to support landowner outreach, project development, grant writing and fiscal management.

Our experiences have taught us that one of our greatest resources is the hard-working, engaged and supportive residents of the basin.  We are grateful to be a part of this community.  We sincerely appreciate your gift of any size. 

With gratitude,

Bill Lehman
Executive Director


Klamath Watershed Partnership Hires New Executive Director

Bill Lehman has been hired as the new Executive Director for the Klamath Watershed Partneship. Bill received a BS in Wildlife Management and Research from Oklahoma State University.  Upon graduation he started work as a field biologist in the desert southwest conducting migratory bird abundance studies along the US/Mexico border.  Eventuallyhe gained experience working with endangered bird species in the Lower Colorado River Basin.  Moving to the Klamath Basin 10 years ago he started work with the US Geological Survey conducting fisheries surveys and water quality monitoring.  Most recently Bill managed a laboratory for the Research and Development department at Jeld-Wen. 

Bill looks forward to leading the positive mission of the Klamath Watershed Partnership.  Please feel free to contact Bill at or 541-850-1717.