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Illinois Valley Watershed Council is a non-profit 501 C-3, funded by donations and grants. 

There are several ways to help us continue our work here in the valley. We encourage you to participate in one or more of the following programs!

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BottleDrop Gives is a program that allows registered non-profits to deposit refundable cans and bottles donated by supporters. IVWC has special blue bags available for you to fill up with your Oregon refunable beverage containers. Stop by our office at 331 E. Cottage Park Dr to pick up a few bags! You can drop them off yourself (just be sure to grab a label) or bring them back to us for transport to Grants Pass. 

 Amazon Smile....

If you order anything through Amazon, it's easy to support us there at no additional cost. Just be sure to sign into Amazon Smile (not regular Amazon) and choose us as your organization. 

Fred Meyer Rewards

If you shop at Fred Meyer and use a Rewards Card, you can designate the Illinois Valley Watershed Council as your charity of choice and they will donate a portion of every dollar you spend to us. 

Here's a fun way to donate to the Watershed Council- just post the winning bid and designate Illinois Valley Watershed Council as your Salmon-related non-profit! See below for details- 

Joint News Release

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board


Release Date: July 19, 2021

Media Contact:

Meta Loftsgaarden, Executive Director

Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board


Chris Havel, Associate Director

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department


Oregon’s classic salmon license plate gets a new look

A new salmon plate design will be on the road September 1st, with limited time left to purchase classic salmon plate design

SALEM, Oregon – Oregonians will soon have a choice about how they display their support for salmon habitat. A new salmon license plate design will be available September 1st, or Oregonians can opt for the classic salmon license plate until August. Lowest-numbered new plates will be available through a special auction in cooperation with Oregon nonprofits that support salmon habitat restoration.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department first debuted the salmon plate in 1998. Revenue from the specialty plate protects and restores native salmon habitat. To date over $8 million of salmon plate funding has been invested in Oregon.

“When coupled with voter-dedicated investments from the state’s Lottery, this plate allows salmon supporters to show their true colors and invest in a worthwhile cause – healthy salmon habitat,” says Meta Loftsgaarden, Executive Director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

The original plate was one of the earliest custom designs available in Oregon, and the new design is a colorful upgrade, showing spawning salmon in a clear, cool stream. The new art was created by Gretchen Kirchner, an amateur artist and former graphic designer for Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The public can continue to order the classic plate design before they retire in August and can keep the classic plates on their car if they choose, while still supporting habitat projects.

To launch the new salmon license plate, the Oregon Conservation Partnership (ORCP) is hosting a Salmon Plate VIP List Auction using eBay. On July 20, 2021, members of the public can go to and search for “Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts Salmon License Plate.” The auction allows bidders to secure low number spots on the VIP list for plate numbers SM 00001 through SM 00020 when the new plates are released. Bids must be placed by 5:00pm on July 30, 2021 to be eligible. Proceeds from the auction will benefit statewide nonprofit organizations who strongly support on-the-ground salmon recovery in Oregon.

The new plates will be available for passenger vehicles through the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Driver and Motor Vehicle Services (DMV) beginning September 1, 2021, but when and how Oregonians apply for the new plate matters. To guarantee landing the new salmon plate design, vehicle owners need to apply in person, online at DMV2U, or by mail on or AFTER September 1, 2021. Orders online or in person before August 31, 2021 will receive the classic plate.

More information about the new Salmon License plate, and auction rules and eligibility, is available at Registration fees and ordering information are available on the DMV website at

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