Piping Canals: Irrigation District Looks for Better Irrigation Methods

Wickiup Reservoir was constructed to collect water in order to irrigate nearby agricultural areas – but with the reservoir less than 1 percent full water conservation efforts have become even more urgent.
Central Oregon Daily’s Brian Jennings has more on how Central Oregon’s largest irrigation district is doing its part to try and conserve water.

Precious Resource: Balancing Agriculture, Conservation and Recreation

Did you know 55 percent of the carrot seeds in the U.S. are grown in Jefferson County and another 10 percent is grown in Crook and Deschutes Counties?

That’s just one of the sectors that drives the agricultural economy in Central Oregon.

In tonight’s cover story, Brian Jennings looks at the growing concerns over the key resource needed to keep that economic engine alive: Water.

Interior Department Orders Review of Sage Grouse Plan

Two new announcements by the Federal Government have conservation groups worried about the future of the sage grouseIt’s the latest move by the Trump Administration and his Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to reevaluate and rethink how we use our public lands.

As Central Oregon Daily’s Curtis Vogel reports, Interior Department officials say mining and other development can be done without affecting the habitat of the threatened sage grouse, but some conservation groups do not agree with that assessment.

Students Aid in Fall River Restoration

Trout Unlimited is a national conservation group dedicated to protecting and restoring coldwater fisheries and their watersheds around the country. The group is working with local schools to enhance areas in and around the waterways of Central Oregon.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker spent a day in La Pine, Oregon where some local third graders provided some helping hands along Fall River.