The Mission of the Rogue River Watershed Partners is to Protect, Preserve, and Promote the Rogue River, its Tributaries, and its Watershed.
We work to achieve this mission through community stewardship, education, and watershed-based, land-use planning. We envision a healthy, life-giving Rogue River that is sustained by residents of this watershed, including the towns, townships, businesses, agriculture, and outdoor enthusiasts who are privileged to live near, and who benefit from, this priceless resource.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is the area of land and other water bodies that feeds into a water feature. The map on the right shows all of the land and smaller waterways (tributaries) that flow into the Rogue River. Any water that falls within the area on the map (the watershed) will eventually make it's way to Rogue River.
Where does the Rogue River flow?
The Rogue River is fed by other smaller streams and feeds into a larger waterway, the Grand River. The two orange areas on the map to the right make up the Rogue River Watershed. These areas feed into the larger watershed of the Grand River. It is important to note that all of the smaller streams, creeks and brooks that run into the Rogue River have their own smaller watersheds. Additionally the Grand River, which the Rogue River feeds into, is also part of a larger watershed, namely the Lake Michigan Watershed.
So why is Protecting, Preserving, and Promoting our watershed important?
Everything that happens within our watershed impacts our neighbors and one of our State's greatest marvel's, Lake Michigan. Pollutants in any area of the watershed will eventually make their way into the Rogue River. This includes things like oils on a road, chemicals in a lawn, etc. By working within our community to improve the health of our watershed we are actively creating a cleaner and healthier place to live for our community and those communities that the Rogue River's water eventually reaches.