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DERT is not the only organization working to protect the Deschutes River watershed and promoting the restoration of the Deschutes estuary. The following is a list of agencies and organizations contributing to the Deschutes River watershed – while these groups contribute to the Deschutes River watershed they have not all endorsed DERT.
- Black Hills Audubon Society promotes environmental education and recreation with the aim of protecting our ecosystems. Members of this non-profit group are involved in conservation work and offer events and field trips throughout the year.
- Capitol Land Trust is dedicated to protecting and caring for the unique natural areas and working lands within southwest Washington. Conserved lands include land bordering the Deschutes River and Spurgeon Creek and its wetlands.
- Center for Natural Land Management’s South Sound Prairies Program focuses much of its effort on the rarest habitats of the area — prairies and oak woodlands.
- LOTT provides state of the art secondary water treatment. It also manages the WET (Water, Education, and Technology) Science Center.
- South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust (SSCFLT) promotes sustainable local food and farming systems.
- South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group (SPSSEG) protects and restores salmon populations and aquatic habitat with an emphasis on ecosystem function through scientifically informed projects, community education, and volunteer involvement.
- The Squaxin Island Tribe are the People of the Water of the Deschutes watershed. The Tribe provides economic, scientific and cultural leadership and participates in community projects and policy to improve water quality, manage fisheries and restore wildlife habit in the Deschutes River and its estuary.
- Stream Team of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County offers many opportunities for volunteers to help improve and raise awareness of our local environment. Stream Team sponsors work teams benefiting, among others, the Deschutes River watershed.
- Thurston EcoNet coordinates efforts to provide education, communication and outreach on environmental issues for the Deschutes watershed.
- Washington State Department of Ecology knows water quality in the Deschutes River, Capitol Lake, and Budd Inlet fail to meet state and federal standards. See its recently published report at: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/tmdl/deschutes
- Thurston County Conservation’s South Sound GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) is a watershed education program.
- Thurston County’s Bountiful Byway is a scenic route promoting agritourism in Thurston County rural areas.
- Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife works to preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems.
- Wolf Haven International hosts a trail through a beautiful native Mima Mound prairie. Wolf Haven’s prairie is home to many of the rarest butterflies and moths.