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Harney Basin Wetland Initiative's Success

Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative's Accomplishments

Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative partners are making great strides. This broad coalition continues to work together to address restoration and conservation issues in the Harney Basin for both Malheur Lake and the working wet meadow lands. 

Watch the short film below to experience what has been learned about the health of Malheur Lake and read this article about why Malheur Lake is so important to the Harney Basin and beyond. Find more at our Resources page including a published scientific paper about how common carp can potentially be controlled.

Learn what the HBWI partners have learned about wet meadow habitat in the Harney Basin and the important role Harney County landowners play with their use of wild flood irrigation in creating this habitat for birds and wildlife as well as the agriculture economy. Here's one example of a landowners improving her flood irrigation infrastructure for the benefit of her business and habitat.

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 to Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative. The funding is being used to:

  • 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
  • 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 Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative received funding from this grant.  

You Can Help

Please visit our How to Help page to see how you can get involved and make a difference.