Partnership. The Watershed Council

Mission Statement

The Tenmile Lakes Basin Partnership is a community based cooperative endeavor involving industry, local citizens, natural resource agencies, Native American tribes, and conservation groups to protect, encourage and enhance the use of natural resource principles that promote ecosystem health and diversity.


Through community involvement and education, this partnership supports management of all land and water in a manner that sustains natural resources and that, in turn, will contribute to environmental vitality and community betterment within the Tenmile Lakes’ basin—from the farthest reaches of the watershed to the Pacific.

Mike Mader

Watershed Coordinator

Mike was born and raised on Tenmile Lakes.  After serving in the US Marines, Mike graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Fisheries Science.  He has been the TLBP Watershed Coordinator since 1998 after starting with TLBP in 1997 conducting field assessment work. Mike feels very fortunate to be able to live and work where he grew up. Mike strongly feels that Oregon's Watershed Councils are the most successful natural resource entity created by the state. Mike's favorite quote is " Watersheds are about People". 

Richard Litts

Monitoring Coordinator

Richard Litts lives on North Tenmile Lake. He graduated from OSU with a degree in Biology and is very familiar with Tenmile Watershed and the issues surrounding water quality within the basin. He is on the Board of Directors for Oregon Lakes Association, teaches a watershed limnology lab at SWOCC, and is a member of Eel-Tenmile STEP.

His current focus as the TLBP Monitoring Coordinator is working with CTCLUSI and ODFW to monitor and restore Pacific Lamprey runs within the Tenmile Watershed.

Fred Larsen

Council President - Agriculture Representative

Fred grew up and lives on his family ranch on Shutter Creek. After North Bend HS, he attended OSU and UO. He is both a duck and a beaver. After college Fred served in the USN. He enjoys music, hunting, fishing and volunteers with many local organizations. Fred represents agricultural and is currently serving as the TLBP Chair.

Dee Drummond

Lakeside Business Owner

Dee has co-owned, along with her husband, North Lake Resort for 20 years. During their careers in California, they would travel by RV seeing much of scenic Oregon. She continues to enjoy learning the history of Lakeside, Tenmile Lakes, and the beautiful natural resource of the watershed.

Bryan Duggan

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)

Bryan Duggan is the Basin Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s South Coast Region. Mr. Duggan’s work involves the development and implementation of TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily load) on water bodies that have complex water quality issues which require innovative and creative approaches to solving these problems. Mr. Duggan has lived and worked on the Oregon South Coast for the past 15 years and has developed numerous working relationships with local natural resource stakeholders. During the off hours, Mr. Duggan can be found at the local Community Bicycle Shop or climbing in the Cascades.

Danny Gonsalves

Lakeside City Council

Dan Gonsalves moved here with his wife, Madeline, in 2002. Dan retired from Lucent Technology after 37 years. He has served in Lakeside on the Planning Commission and is currently on the City Council for the last 6 years.

Ryan Greco

Oregon Department of Forestry

Gerry Hutson

Western Property Manager - Oregon Department of State Lands

Gerry is the Southwest Counties proprietary coordinator for the Oregon Department of State Lands (ODSL) in Salem. Gerry has worked for ODSL for 14 years in various positions within the agency. Previously she lived in Gold Beach for about 9 years, so the South Coast is a favorite stomping grounds, and she looks forward to trips down to attend the Watershed Council meetings. Gerry hopes to get more involved in helping to find answers for the issues facing the Tenmile Watershed basin.

Bob Main

Coos County Board of Commissioners

Coos County Commissioner since 2009. Coos county assessor 2000-2008. Started work in the Coos County Courthouse in 1978. Bob is a Lakeside native and attended school where the City Hall is now located.

Charles Russell

Lakefront Homeowner

Dennis Sargent

Lakeside Water District

Dennis has lived in Lakeside since 1992. He joined the Lakeside Water District Board in 1993 and is currently the longest serving member. He and his wife, Deb, owns Sargent's Feed located in Lakeside serving the local ranchers since 2001. He enjoys classic car restoration and owns a Ford Model-A pickup and a 1929 Plymouth 4-door sedan. He also raises horses and has Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

John Schaefer

Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians

John is a Coos Tribal member and Biologist for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. A graduate of OSU and former ODFW shellfish biologist/research SCUBA diver. His current focus with the Tribe is Pacific Lamprey population enhancement and the cultivation of uncommon culturally important plants. John also teaches a basic Fall mushroom identification class at the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ask him about that giant clam in his profile picture.

Darlene Thompson

Eel-Tenmile Salmon Trout Enhancement Program (STEP)

Darlene has as been the Eel~Tenmile S.T.E.P. group's Treasurer for the last 5 yrs.  She is the President of the Lakeside Seniors and Previous Owner of Specialty Tackle Shop & Guide Service in Medford.

Gary Vonderohe

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW)

Gary is the Assistant District Fish Biologist for the Tenmile, Coos, and Coquille basins.  Gary is originally from Iowa and graduated from University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.  He moved to Oregon in 2004 and has also worked in northeast Oregon and central Oregon.  He has worked out of the Charleston ODFW office since 2007. 

Gary works with TLBP and volunteers to oversee the Eel-Tenmile STEP program, including the hatchery steelhead project, and the popular Free Fishing Day event at Eel Lake. He also works with TLBP and CTCLUSI to restore Pacific Lamprey runs to the Tenmile Watershed, including help with the installation of a new lamprey ladder at the Eel Lake Trap.

Gary Wallace

Agriculture Representative

Gary was born and raised in Coos County and graduated from North Bend H.S. He attended SOC and graduated in 1972. Gary spent 35 yrs as the Maintenance Supervisor for WeyeCo and is the proud owner of the Benson Creek Stock Farm.

Alan Whitney

President of the Tenmile Lakes Association

Alan was born and raised outside Pittsburgh Pa..  After one year at a local community college in Physical Education, he transferred to U. of Wisconsin in Zoology and rowed Crew for 3 years.  He then went east to U. of Maryland for Medical school.  During his senior year he took a year off to compete in the 1972 Olympics in kayaking.  After completing school he went to U. of Pittsburgh for internship and residency in Orthopedics.  Alan practiced Orthopedics for 35 years in Coos Bay and was the team physician for Marshfield for most of that time.  He is now retired, President of TLA, and enjoys his property on Tenmile Lake. 


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Tenmile Bass Club


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