OEC’s water program sets its eyes on natural infrastructure and water justice in 2021
Disposable wipes can seriously jam up your sewage system, and not only is the repair costly, but what greets as the plumbers pull out the mess, is just yuck.
Many of Oregon’s highly productive croplands are irrigated, and in areas like the rolling wheat lands of northeastern Oregon, farmers rely on rainfall to water their crops. We are used to seeing huge sprinkler systems mounted on wheels moving slowly across a field as they deliver water to thirsty plants. (In some places, we don’t see sprinklers because the farmer is using drip irrigation, but the crops are being watered nonetheless.)
When we hear about irrigated agriculture using 80% of Oregon’s water, it’s those sprinklers we commonly think of. Less often do we consider how the water gets from the river to the sprinklers.
For many Oregonians, rural Oregon is a mostly pretty place they travel through on their way to somewhere else. Portlanders heading southeast to Bend/Redmond for a ski weekend, folks from Eugene heading northwest for the annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest, and birders from the Ashland/Medford area heading east to Malheur Wildlife Refuge for the spring songbird migration pass through farm fields, rangelands, privately owned timber lands and rural communities.
We all enjoy the scenery, but rural Oregon is much more than scenery to the twenty percent plus of Oregonians who live and work there, scattered in small communities across the landscape. Of ...