The question of how to improve water quality in the Siletz River will be under the microscope this Tuesday, Sept. 10, when Oregon DEQ Water Quality Analyst Ryan Shojinaga speaks at Siletz Public Library.

The main stem of the Siletz River is water quality impaired, including a listing for dissolved oxygen from the confluence of the North and South Forks to Cedar Creek. The Oregon DEQ is currently developing a Total Maximum Daily Load to determine the maximum allowable pollutant loads in order to attain the dissolved oxygen standards.

Shojinaga will present a high-level discussion of results and conclusions from two recent studies of water quality in the Siletz Watershed, with an eye on what the next steps are.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm at the Siletz Public Library on 225 SE Gaither Street. Refreshments will be provided. A Siletz Watershed Council meeting will follow, with updates on the MidCoast Watersheds Council restoration and monitoring work in the Siletz Basin, disperse ODFW’s new Siletz River Guide, discuss future SWC goals, and time for any questions and announcements from the community.

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