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Lower Crooked River Strategic Restoration

Counties: Crook

Primary Resource Concern: Aquatic habitat - Aquatic habitat for fish and other organisms

Project Description
The Lower Crooked River Strategic Restoration (LCRSR) is a comprehensive project intended to address degraded fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and riparian plant communities over 17 miles of the Crooked River in Central Oregon. Proposed restoration activities include both instream and riparian restoration to improve habitat for fish and wildlife, water quality, and agricultural productivity. In addition, the project will reduce the threat of regulatory enforcement associated with the Federal Endangered Species Act and compliance with non-point source impacts from agriculture under Sections 303 and 319 of the Federal Clean Water Act.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Herbaceous Weed Control (315)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Fencing (382)
  • Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)
  • Riparian Forest Buffer (391)
  • Fish Passage (396)
  • Access Control (472)
  • Tree/Shrub Site Preparation (490)
  • Pipeline (516)
  • Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (395)
  • Stream Crossing (578)
  • Streambank and Shoreline Protection (580)
  • Pumping Plant (533)
  • Prescribed Grazing (528)
  • Range Planting (550)
  • Heavy Use Area Protection (561)
  • Channel Stabilization (584)
  • Structure for Water Control (587)
  • Tree/Shrub Establishment (612)
  • Watering Facility (614)
  • Water Well (642)
  • Restoration and Management of Declining Habitats (643)
  • Structures for Wildlife (649)
  • Constructed Wetland (656)
  • Wetland Restoration (657)
  • Wetland Creation (658)
  • Wetland Enhancement (659)
  • Windbreak/Shelterbelt Establishment (380)

Collaborating Partners

  • Private farmers and ranchers
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service Oregon
  • Portland General Electric
  • Crooked River Central Ditch Company
  • Crooked River Watershed Council
  • Crook County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Crooked River Weed Management Area
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
  • City of Prineville
  • Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs

Application Questions

NRCS uses prioritization questions to evaluate applications for this initiative. See the list of workload prioritization questions on the Oregon EQIP page. Ranking questions below will also apply.

Ranking Criteria

  1. Does the property have an RCPP action plan developed by CRWC/SWCD?
  2. If identified in an action plan, is the landowner willing to implement in-stream restoration practices?
  3. Does the landowner have a signed landowner agreement with the Crooked River Watershed Council?
  4. Do upland practices associated with the plan facilitate in-stream practices?

How to Apply
If you're interested in applying for this Program, please contact:

Garry Sanders, Project Manager, Crooked River Watershed Council
Phone: 541-447-8567