Nothing exists without water.
The Harney County Watershed Council recognizes that local economic and ecological prosperity is dependent upon the current and future availability and quality of water; therefore the Harney County Watershed Council is committed to this three part goal;
- Determine the health of individual watersheds or watershed segments,
- Retain the health of high quality watersheds,
- Restore and enhance those watersheds, or portions thereof that can be improved.
What is a watershed council?
Watershed Councils are local, volunteer groups established to improve the conditions of watersheds in their area.
The Oregon legislature authorized the creation of non-regulatory watershed councils. They offer local residents the opportunity to independently evaluate watershed conditions and identify opportunities for coordination and cooperation. Through the councils, partnerships between residents, local state, and federal agency staff and other groups can be developed.
Through these partnerships and the resulting integration of local efforts, the state’s watersheds can be protected and enhanced. For information about the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) activities to protect and improve Oregon watersheds, click here.
What is a watershed?
Where ever you are, you are standing/sitting in one. A watershed in the area drained by a distinct stream system and separated from other similar systems by ridge top boundaries. Watersheds catch and store precipitation, releasing the stored water to stream channels.