Meet the Partnership


The Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers Inc. is an organization established and recognized by the Douglas County Commissioners. Incorporated May of 2000, the council includes a broad representation of various local interest groups. Council members are working toward effective and efficient management solutions for clean water and healthy native fish populations.

The PUR helps develop and perform watershed improvement projects within the basin on a variety of land ownership's. We work to locate funding and technical assistance sources to make on-the-ground projects affordable for everyone interested, as well as technically sound. The council hopes to provide education about the complex and ever-growing concerns for water quality and fish, by providing educational field tours, general outreach, and events.

The PUR meets on the third Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the ODFW Conference Room at 4192 North Umpqua Highway, Roseburg. Approximately 25-50 people gather monthly to discuss watershed, land management, and natural resource issues.

Each month, sub-committees of the council also meet to tackle specific objectives toward reaching the overall goals of the council. There are five active sub-committees in addition to the larger council. Each one was established with specific function and goal in mind.

There are now approximately 90 established watershed councils in Oregon. Each council brings landowners, volunteers, agencies, and interest groups to the table to work together to establish and attain common goals. We are fortunate in the Umpqua Basin to have a wealth of information and local experts available to help assess current situations and work toward reasonable solutions. Join us and learn more about your local watershed, the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds and how you can help.

If you are interested in joining please read about PUR Membership. For more information and details please download our new project guide.

Mission Statement

Through collaboration with diverse participants, the Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers maintains and improves water quality and fish populations from source to sea in the streams of the Umpqua.

We educate people about the value of healthy streams; we work with willing landowners to improve stream conditions; we monitor the health of the streams and their fish populations.

Through these actions the Partnership contributes to the ecological and economic well-being of the basin.