Category Archives: Watershed Enhancement Board

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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Robison to represent tribes on Watershed Enhancement Board

Jason Robison, natural resources director for the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, will be the tribal representative on the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. OWEB is a state agency that provides grants for taking care of local streams, rivers, wetlands and natural areas. Robison will be a member until March 15, 2021. Source: […]
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Plans in the works to restore Cline Falls

Owen Twitchell can hear the roaring Cline Falls each day from his nearby home in Redmond. The local artist often walks down to view the scenic falls in the Deschutes River, but recently he has been disappointed to still see an old dam and decaying equipment and structures from the former hydroelectric Cline Falls Power […]
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Re-vegetation project aims to improve habitat, irrigation

The South Fork John Day Watershed Council received $114,279 from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for rapid riparian re-vegetation of the Upper South Fork John Day River, according to a watershed council press release. The five-year project is located along 4 miles of private land on the Upper South Fork John Day River, near Izee, […]
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