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Clean Water

  To have clean water, we have to take care of our forests, rangelands, farms and cities – as well as the streams, rivers and lakes that link them all.

Local Projects
Below are examples of how local foresters, farmers, ranchers, fishermen and residents volunteer to protect streams and the land around them.  OWEB funded these projects.
Malheur County Irrigation and Water Management Projects for Clean Water
The Malheur Watershed Council, Malheur County Soil and Water Conservation District, and their partners have been monitoring the water quality of the rivers and streams in the Malheur basin intensively since 1998.  These groups are working with landowners to implement projects that will lead to healthier conditions (more). 

Other Examples
Below are other examples of OWEB funded efforts that restore and protect clean water.
Oregon Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)
The goal of Oregon CREP is to enhance habitats and clean water in and along streams through agricultural lands.  Through CREP, agricultural landowners receive financial incentives to restore native trees and shrubs along streams to benefit fish, wildlife, and clean water (more).
In 2007, OWEB funded an effort to evaluate the effectiveness of CREP (more). 
Effectiveness Monitoring Outcomes – Livestock Exclusion 
OWEB and the Washington Salmon Recovery Funding Board are cooperatively monitoring livestock exclusion projects in both states as part of a coordinated effort to evaluate watershed and salmon habitat restoration projects. Livestock exclusion, which includes building and maintaining fences along riparian areas, is an important action for restoring these areas.  Learn about the evaluation outcomes and read annual progress reports on the joint effort (more).