Flood Mitigation and Flood Irrigation Complement Each Other
Flood Mitigation and Flood Irrigation Complement Each Other

People Who Collaborate

It's the people of the collaboratives that make change happen. A dynamic group, each with different backgrounds and gifts to bring to the table. They are from within and outside of Harney County, and they all share a passion for helping rural Southeast Oregon thrive socially, economically, and ecologically.
The eleven people pictured here were profiled in 2022 and represent a cross-section of the hundreds of people who collaborate as part of the partnership. READ THEIR PROFILES.

Great Carp Round-Up of 2022

It was the "Great Carp Round-Up of 2022" where at least 6500 invasive common carp were removed from the Blitzen River in one effort to help the health of Malheur Lake. It's important work of the Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative to restore this critical Pacific Flyway rest stop for migrating and resident birds. Check out this Great Outdoors segment from Central Oregon Daily News.

Action Taken to Mitigate Flooding in the Harney Basin Can Work to Help Flood Irrigation

In some ways, flood mitigation and flood irrigation can work to complement each other. As the county works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to create new flood maps and work on flood mitigation projects, there is the possibility that hundreds of structures could be removed from the 100-year floodplain, lifting the expensive burden of having to obtain flood insurance for those property owners. As the county looks at different alternatives to divert water from flooding the city of Burns, that water can be redirected to the east to benefit flood irrigated pastures. “The distribution and duration of the flooding will affect both the pasture quality and the waterbird spring habitat in the areas flooded,” said Bierly. READ MORE.

Thriving Entrepreneur's Grant from Oregon Community Foundation

Thank you Oregon Community Foundation for the Thriving Entrepreneur's grant of $24,000. Through the leadership of the BizHarney Opportunity Collaborative these funds will support entrepreneurism in Harney County with further development of the “Idea-to-Ownership Entrepreneurial Pipeline”. This small business development pipeline provides training programs like CO.STARTERS and technical assistance to support the establishment, growth, and sustainability of small businesses in Harney County including Burns Paiute Tribe small businesses. This funding will also support youth entrepreneurial camps, internships and other career learning opportunities for Harney County youth. Thank you again OCF!
 2022-23 Upcoming Events 
Tuesday, December 12 Malheur National Wildfire Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, December 21 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting
Tuesday, December 27 Biz Harney Opportunity Collaborative Meeting
Wednesday, January 18 High Desert Partnership Board Meeting

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and

Reviving Malheur Lake

Harney County Wildfire Collaborative and
Megafire Prevention

Harney Basin Wetlands Collaborative and
Wild Flood Irrigation

Six Collaboratives Supported By

High Desert Partnership

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