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Drought and Wildfire Watering Strategy

County or Counties: Baker, Gilliam, Grant, Malheur, Morrow, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wheeler  

Primary Resource Concern Addressed:

  • Livestock production limitation - Inadequate livestock water quantity, quality and distribution
  • Degraded plant condition - Plant structure and composition

Project Description
The goal of this project is to increase the availability of livestock water on private and tribal grazing lands in the John Day, Umatilla, and Snake River basins of Eastern Oregon. Reliable water developments will be used to improve management and increase flexibility in grazing systems. Preference will be granted to projects that provide adequate quantities of water in strategic locations to support fire management. 

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fence (382)
  • Livestock Pipeline (516)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Spring Development (574)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Water Well (642)

Project Partners

  • SWCDs
  • NRCS Oregon
  • Private landowners

Local EQIP Ranking Questions
NRCS uses these questions to evaluate eligible applications for this project and to prioritize applications for potential funding. State and national ranking questions also apply. See more information on the EQIP program page.

Screening Questions

  1. Does this application seek to develop or improve a watering system for livestock use?

Ranking Questions

  1. Does the planned system provide at least 5,000 gal of water storage and wet-weather vehicle access to 10ft from water’s edge? The landowner must allow access to fire management personnel and agree to add the site to ODF fire management maps.
  2. Is/are the planned watering location(s) more than ½ mile from an existing livestock water source that is accessible to the producer? 
  3. Is a historical livestock water source (spring, creek, pond etc.) providing reduced water (or no water) to a PLU because of drought? 
  4. Does the applicant currently follow a grazing plan that meets the standards and specifications for NRCS 528 prescribed grazing, or does the contract include 528 prescribed grazing? 
  5. Will the designed system provide livestock water to 3 or more pastures?