Let’s educate and come together!
Wondering where our water comes from and where it goes?
There is a lot to consider when discussing water. We need to think about the wildlife, the vegetation, the cities, and the farms. Central Oregon is unique in how many people from many walks of life have united to form a Shared Vision that considers all these factors when planning for the future of the Deschutes River.
For agriculture, over a century of engineering and collaborative work was necessary to bring water from over 80 miles away to our farmers here in Jefferson County. And even with this engineering and tact, the irrigation districts, farmers, and ranchers alike depend on rain and snow. The water cycle is constantly in their minds as the rain and snow fills underground aquifers, floods rivers, fills reservoirs, and saturates their fields. Here are some key terms on the water cycle!
North Unit Irrigation District focuses on teaching kids about where the water in the canals come from, why the water is there, and the hidden dangers inherent to transporting such powerfully massive volumes of water. But the District is not the only place focused on our next generation, one of North Unit Irrigation Districts’ partners has led remarkable efforts to cultivate a hands-on experience to “what makes up a watershed, it’s not only water.” The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council focuses on pulling students, K-12, out of the classroom and into the wetlands. Focused within Jefferson County and Warm Spring, this Council buses these students out to wetlands, riverfronts, creek beds and more to actively experience the wildlife, water quality, vegetation, and more of their watershed.