Groundwater monitoring – an OWEB grant to monitor static water levels in several areas in the Harney Basin that have been exhibiting declining water levels.
Groundwater monitoring – Phase 2 – an OWEB grant that has just been submitted to double the amount of wells being monitored. This will coincide with the Harney Basin Groundwater Investigation.
High Desert Youth Range Camp (HYDRC) – A four day camp held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range for high school age kids to learn about sagebrush steppe habitat, cooperative management and explore career opportunities in natural resources from the scientists at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center. College credit through Treasure Valley Community College is available for participants.
Science in the Sagebrush Steppe – A three day camp held at the Northern Great Basin Experimental Range for college natural resource majors to further habitat management skills from the scientists at the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center. Colleges who have participated include University of Idaho, University of Nevada – Reno, Shasta College
Harney Basin Lidar Analysis – Lidar was flown over the Refuge and southern portions of the Harney Basin. In Partnership with Ducks Unlimited the council received an OWEB grant to analyze the raw data. This analysis will be shared with partners of the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative to be used in planning future projects.
Kids Club Outdoor School – An OWEB grant to help provide middle school kids with an opportunity to spend several Fridays exploring the different landscapes of Harney County. Partners include the Kids Club, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Harney County Watershed Council, Burns Paiute Tribe, Harney County Cooperative Weed Management Association, Burns District BLM, US Forest Service and High Desert Partnership.
Carp Biomass/Threshold Project – A project partnering with the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to determine what level of carp that aquatic vegetation can withstand and still survive. Results of this smaller scale project will help determine levels for Malheur Lake. This project is a part of the Harney Basin Wetlands Initiative.
Silvies River Irrigation Structure Replacement – Partnering with Ducks Unlimited the council is providing fiscal services to improve irrigation structures in the Silvies River floodplain to improve and protect flood irritation practices for migrating birds in the pacific flyway.
Kimball Grazing Small grant – this project included installation of a solar pump and fencing to help with cattle distribution and grazing management.
Finwick Range Improvement Small grant – This project included fencing and trough installation to help with cattle distribution and grazing management.
Craft Point Juniper Burning Small grant – This project assisted a landowner with burning of juniper piles after a juniper management project to alleviate landowner liability.
Kesling Wetland Reconstruction Small grant – This project included the installation of a solar pump to assist a landowner with providing continuous water to a pond for nesting water birds. The project will included seeding and invasive weed management.
Big Stick Solar Development Small grant – This project assisted a landowner with installation of a solar pump to provide water for both livestock and wildlife over a large area where no other water is available.