Category Archives: Watershed Enhancement Board

Changes planned for Oregon ag water quality oversight

Regulators are implementing a new approach to ensure Oregon farmers comply with agricultural water quality standards. Oregon’s farm regulators aim to increase the impact of their agricultural water quality program by shifting how grant money is allocated, among other changes. Ensuring that farmers comply with water quality standards is within the purview of the Oregon […]
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Members needed for Agricultural Heritage Commission

Applicants are needed to fill positions on the newly formed Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is accepting applications to serve on the newly formed Oregon Agricultural Heritage Commission, established by the Legislature to provide incentives for farmers to voluntarily adopt practices that preserve both natural resources and agriculture. Source: Members needed […]
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Ditch restoration benefits fish and crops

Tulley-Hill ditch supplies Wallowa mid-valley with key irrigation water. The Wallowa mid-valley isn’t just home to stunning scenery — it contains some of the county’s best farmland. The Lostine and Wallowa rivers converge here, supplying irrigation water to maintain crops for export and local livestock feed. On the Lostine River alone, there are 11 ditches […]
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E. Oregon dam being removed to improve fish passage

Work has started to remove a dam in eastern Oregon that blocks salmon, steelhead and lamprey. Work has started to remove a dam in eastern Oregon that blocks salmon, steelhead and lamprey. The effort to remove the Dillon Diversion Dam on the Umatilla River outside of Echo started earlier this month, the East Oregonian reported […]
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Conservation patrol

An ornamental renegade is perfectly poised to take over the Necanicum Watershed in southern Clatsop County Five years ago, no policeman’s helmet — so named because its flowers resemble an old-fashioned British bobby helmet — bloomed along the Necanicum River or its tributary creeks. Then, suddenly, it was everywhere. Source: Conservation patrol – Local News […]
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Safe passage for trout on the Deschutes

Newly installed fish ladder helps trout move freely through the river. Bend’s newest attraction is a 30-foot-high, 372-foot-long stainless steel water slide built along the Deschutes River. But hold on, adventure junkies — it’s for fish, not people. The slide is designed to help redband trout move safely and effectively through Bend’s system of dams, […]
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Grant bolsters watershed improvement project

Entities involved in the ongoing Bear Creek restoration project, including landowners adjacent to the Linn County tributary of the North Santiam River, received good news this month. North Santiam Watershed Council announced on June 5 that it was awarded $320,103 for the Bear Branch, Prairie, Oak and Stream Restoration project through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement […]
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Grant awarded for student habitat enhancement project

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board has awarded $31,515 to the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for the North Coast Outreach Project. The award was one of 89 grants totaling more than $9.3 million provided to local organizations statewide to support fish and wildlife habitat and water quality projects. Source: Grant awarded for student habitat enhancement project […]
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Oregon Water Coalition addresses shrinking supply at annual meeting

The reborn Oregon Water Coalition held its annual membership meeting Thursday morning at the Hermiston Conference Center, with presentations focused on water projects, laws and regulations that may impact local irrigators in the coming years. Most questions were saved to the end, when Justin Iverson with the Oregon Water Resources Department discussed new rules for […]
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Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council nets grant for aquifer recharge

The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council has received a $346,746 grant to build five new aquifer recharge sites. Drivers who bought a salmon license plate in Oregon may be helping to boost groundwater levels around Milton-Freewater, flowing it back into the Walla Walla River and providing much-needed relief for native chinook and steelhead. Source: Walla […]
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