What is the IJC?
The IJC is composed of a collaborative group of scientists from the numerous agencies that operate within the Johnson Creek watershed. Participating agencies include the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties, the Cities of Gresham, Portland, Milwaukie, and Happy Valley, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). Metro is an ad hoc member to the group. The IJC meets monthly to cooperate on issues related to understanding and improving watershed health.
The Johnson Creek Resources Management Plan May 1995 (RMP) indicated a clear need for regular coordination amongst jurisdictions in the Johnson Creek watershed. To provide that coordination and consistency, staff from each of the counties and cities involved formed the Johnson Creek Interjurisdictional Committee (IJC). Johnson Creek’s Interjurisdictional Committee, commonly referred to as the IJC, is a forum for joint cooperation on watershed issues of a technical nature.
Johnson Creek Watershed Summits were held in 1998, 1999 and 2000, bringing together residents, businesses, agencies and elected officials with jurisdiction or interest in the Johnson Creek Watershed. Recommendations from participants at the Johnson Creek Summits stated a clear need to “improve partnerships and link existing efforts working in the watershed” and “bring in additional federal, state, and private funding for improving watershed health”. The IJC formed in 1999, following a Summit. The IJC works together to comprehensively address these issues within the watershed.