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HBWC partners are making great strides throughout the Harney Basin. This broad community-based coalition continues to work together to address a range of restoration and conservation issues impacting both Malheur Lake and the area’s wet meadow working lands. 

Watch this short video below to get a glimpse at what HBWC and its partners have learned about the condition of Malheur Lake.

  • Read this article about why Malheur Lake is so important to the Harney Basin and beyond. Find more on the Resources page including a published scientific paper about how nonnative common carp can potentially be controlled.

  • Learn what HBWC has discovered about wet meadow habitat in the Harney Basin and the important role Harney County landowners play with their use of wild flood irrigation to improve habitat for birds and wildlife, as well as bolster Harney County’s agriculture economy. On the Resources page find an example of a landowner improving her flood irrigation infrastructure for the benefit of her business and habitat with the article Harney County Rancher Caring For The Land.

  • Discover how dam replacements benefit water flow and as a result habitat availability in Harney Basin. Again on the Resources page the following article shares insight into the 2019 replacement of Tyler and Sweek Dams along the Silvies River: Dam Replacement Projects Benefit Landowners and Wildlife. See for yourself the difference, follows are videos of the 70+ year old Sweek dam before replacement and the new and improved Sweek Dam.

Sustaining Our Work

In January of 2016, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) allocated more than $1.6 million to support the work of Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative. This funding was the down payment on a proposed 6 year, $6 million commitment. Funding is being used to:

  1. Learn what in addition to the nonnative common carp, has destroyed the historic marshes in Malheur Lake and what solutions may be available for reviving Malheur Lake.
  2. Work with ranchers to maintain and improve wild flood irrigation on private lands that provide habitat for millions of migrating birds and forage for livestock grazing.

Thanks to the efforts of initiative partners, the Regional Conservation Partnership Program proposal was funded as well. $2.6 million dollars was awarded to the Southern Oregon Northeast California Conservation region. Both High Desert Partnership and HBWI received funding from this grant. 

Resources >>

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative Strategic Action Plan >>