Last updated December 30, 2019

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201 WA 20 (Community Center Basement) / PO Box 1212    Twisp, WA  98856

Our Mission

The Methow Watershed Council actively assists in managing water supplies for a sustainable balance between human and ecological needs. The Council endorses the development of voluntary strategies for optimizing water use and provides ongoing community outreach and education on valley-specific water issues.

Our History

Created in 1999, by authority of the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Methow Watershed Council educates the public about water-related issues and advises local water managers, including Okanogan County, local towns, and tribes. In 2005 the Council completed, and the Okanogan County commissioners adopted, the Methow Watershed Plan. In 2009 details for implementing that plan were approved. Now the Council serves as a locally based, knowledgeable board acknowledged by government agencies and organizations as an effective group working to ensure the best possible water management for the Methow Basin.  

Our Watershed

The Methow River Basin (WRIA 48) is located in Okanogan County in north central Washington. The Methow River occupies a deep valley draining the eastern slope of the north Cascade Mountains and forms an important tributary to the Columbia River. Tributaries to the Methow River include Lost, Chewuch, and Twisp Rivers, Early Winters Creek and numerous smaller streams.  Approximately 84 percent of WRIA 48 is owned by the Federal Government, primarily managed by the United States Forest Service. Approximately 5 percent of WRIA 48 is owned by Washington State including about 35,000 acres owned by the Department of Natural Resources and Department of Fish and Wildlife, and approximately 11 percent of WRIA 48 is private lands. Private lands are primarily located in alluvial valleys of the Methow and lower Twisp and Chewuch Rivers. Land use is primarily forest and range land in the uplands and residential and agriculture in the lowlands.

Our Priorities

Welcome to the Methow Watershed Council


  • Save the Date! The MWC presents a FREE film and talk with Kent Woodruff about beavers and climate change, TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18, 7PM at the Twisp Grange


  • Share your input with the Resilient Methow Climate Action Task Force. More info here.

  • Interested in volunteering to have a water meter on your well? Visit our project page.

  • Learn more about Water 2066! View the September 18th Water 2066 presentation. (Courtesy County Watch). Learn more, here.


Meetings are held the third Thursday of every month at the Methow Valley Community Center Basement in Twisp.

The public is always welcome!

Click on the links below for the agenda or minutes from the meeting.


February 20, 2020

​Meeting will be held in the

MV Community Center Basement

Earlier meeting minutes can be found in the Minutes Archive

Get Involved


Subscribe to our mailing list to receive the latest on MWC news, meetings, and events.


Click here to find out how you can donate to the Methow Watershed Foundation.


Attend our monthly meetings to learn about what is happening in your watershed, check in with others, and bring your concerns to the table.