Category Archives: Watershed Enhancement Board

Editorial: Willamette partnership has big payoff 

It is the river that, more than anything, unites the mid-valley: The Willamette River, 187 miles long from Eugene to Portland, defines this region. Source: Editorial: Willamette partnership has big payoff | Editorial |

Uncharted waters: Willamette restoration groups navigate threats to funding

In 2008, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board and the nonprofit Meyer Memorial Trust joined forces to launch the Willamette Special Investment Partnership, a far-reaching initiative aimed at bringing back some of the long-lost natural features of a river that winds through the most heavily developed part of the state. Recognizing the need for sustained effort, […]
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Preserving native oak savannas

A patch of oak savanna along the slopes of Lower Table Rock that was rehabbed last year already is showing enough signs of health that the warblers have taken notice. There are fewer conifer-loving hermit warblers now that encroaching pine and firs have been systematically removed, and they’re being replaced by oak-loving black-throated gray warblers.” […]
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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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