We are pleased to announce that the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) voted Tuesday, January 26th, to allocate more than $1.6 million to support work being done by the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative. The funding from OWEB is part of a proposed 6 year, $6 million commitment to the HBWI.
Over the past year, the High Desert Partnership and other HWBI collaborators have been developing the large proposal to support restoration efforts on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and flood irrigated wetlands. Partners of HBWI have been working together since 2011 following a successful collaborative planning effort focused on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge that led to a comprehensive management plan.
The grant awarded will allow the initiative to continue to its efforts to reduce the carp population in Malheur Lake and its tributaries to restore aquatic health and work with ranchers to maintain and improve flood irrigation on private lands that provides habitat for millions of migrating birds. Malheur Lake once produced up to 180,000 waterfowl per year but today produces less than 10% of that number due to the destruction wrought by carp.
Upcoming EventsFebrary 17th
HDP Board Meeting
Harney County Restoration Collaborative Meeting
Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative Meeting
For more imformation about these events please visit our website.
HCRC and the Road Ahead
In the coming year the Harney County Restoration Collaborative's (HCRC) goal is to continue to restore healthy and resilient forests. These projects provide social and economic benefits to the local community while improving the health of our forests. In their February 23rd meeting, partners plan to review the Mission and Principles of Agreement that has been developed by HCRC partners. The collaborative plans to make any changes necessary to overcome obstacles to restoration efforts on the Southern Malheur. If you are able to attend, please join us. All are welcome!
Youth Initiative Update
We have a vision to enhance youth in our community and we have initiated discussions with community members and groups on what that might look like. We are working with Oregon Consensus to start bringing together this initiative. In the coming year we hope to make real progress in making Harney County a place where all youth know and take advantage of opportunities that enhance their lives and allow them to return to our community and have fulfilling, successful careers.
Place-based Groundwater Planning The Harney County Watershed Council (HCWC) recently asked HDP to write a letter of support for their proposal for Place-based Groundwater Planning. We believe their framework offers a pathway consistent with High Desert Partnership collaboration in the development of viable solutions for groundwater resources. The groundwater issue in Harney County is pressing, and we want to support HCWC in accomplishing a successful collaborative that will allow community member's voices to be heard. The council will be notified if they receive funding in March.
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