Restoring water in the Little Applegate River

by WaterWatch of Oregon
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Summary

WaterWatch is helping farmers transfer their senior water rights on the Little Applegate River (tributary to the Rogue River) to instream uses to benefit wild salmon/steelhead and the local economy.
$5,985
total raised
11
donors
0
monthly donors
6
years active

Challenge

We have an opportunity to finally secure 5.4 cfs of water (almost 4000 acre feet) to help restore the Little Applegate River in southern Oregon, an important salmon and steelhead fish stream in the Rogue River basin. This water is the most senior water on the river and permanently keeping it in the river will keep this stream from going dry in the future.

Solution

The project will change how irrigators take water from the river and will result in new water remaining in the river. The project will require the removal of a small irrigation dam made obsolete by changes in the farmer's water diversion practices.

Long-Term Impact

The project will protect streamflows on the Little Applegate for salmon and steelhead even in the driest years. These transfers will literally prevent the river from going dry in drought years. This will protect the stream's migratory corridor.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).

Resources

http:/​/​www.waterwatch.org

Organization Information

WaterWatch of Oregon

Location: Portland, Oregon - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.waterwatch.org
Project Leader:
Justin Loveland
Portland, Oregon United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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