Join us in partnership for cleaner water. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is looking for additional participants for the local advisory committee (LAC) to develop the next phase of the Water Quality Management Area Plan for Harney County.
Under law, landowners must allow vegetation along year-round and seasonal streams and must not pollute ground and surface water. Rather than legislating what a landowner has to do for prevention, the area plan guides local landowners in the best practices to achieve those goals. Recommendations are made by ranchers, those in the scientific community, and the public who are local and familiar with the participants. Some water quality concerns for Harney County are the prevention of degraded streamside vegetation, excess sediment and manure in streams and rivers, and tailwater irrigation flowing back into water sources carrying sediments and nutrients.
The links below have information on LAC and the 2017 Greater Harney Basin Agricultural Water Quality Management Area Plan. The next update will take place January 2020. For further information or to sign up to participate, please contact ODA Water Quality Specialist Maria Snodgress at (541) 699-2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.