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Water Emergency: 541-685-7595
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EWEB helps fund floodplain restoration projectFind Out More
A year after the Holiday Farm Fire, EWEB and the Pure Water Partners are working with landowners in the burn zone to restore riparian forests and mitigate future fires.Find Out More
Winter is coming and that means an increased likelihood of storm-related power outages.Find Out More
As climate change increases the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, Eugene Water & Electric Board is serious about making the necessary investments to ensure we can provide safe and reliable water and electricity.Find Out More
The Eugene Water & Electric Board will award $50,000 grants to The Eugene Mission and Friends of Trees Eugene Metro later this month after Greenpower program subscribers voted for their top two projects out of 11 submissions.Find Out More
EWEB will continue the annual closure of our College Hill Reservoir over the Fourth of July holiday and prohibit fireworks on the property grounds.Find Out More
We are ready to deal with the stress that extreme heat may place on our electric system. We encourage customers to be prepared, stay cool and hydrated and practice safety by developing an emergency plan and checking in on neighbors.Find Out More
In the McKenzie River Basin, we can actually count on years of stored water supply - thanks to the McKenzie’s unique geology.Find Out More
A disruption last week at a major chlorine producer in Longview, Wash., created a chlorine and caustic soda supply shortage that has affected water and wastewater utilities in Oregon and along the West Coast. Learn what EWEB is doing to protect our community's infrastructure.Find Out More
EWEB is aware of the potential chlorine and caustic soda supply shortage that could affect water and wastewater utilities in Oregon and along the West Coast. The good news is that our customers are unlikely to see any impacts should the chlorine shortage intensify.Find Out More
EWEB is pleased to announce the eligible candidates for 2021 Greenpower project funding of up to $50,000! Funds for the grants come from voluntary Greenpower customer contributions. Two projects will be chosen through majority vote by Greenpower customers. To participate in this year's selection, customers must be registered for the Greenpower program no later than June 22.Find Out More
On June 15, EWEB Commissioners will host a series of presentations for McKenzie Valley customers along with a general question and answer session. The presentations will begin at 6 p.m. at the McKenzie Fire & Rescue Training Center in Leaburg. The meeting will take place rain or shine.The presentations will cover five topics, including McKenzie generation project updates, with a focus on Leaburg Canal; upriver Cost-of-Service Analysis and pricing update; watershed recovery status and investments; programs for McKenzie Valley customers; and wildfire mitigation.Find Out More
Three years after receiving a Greenpower Grant to install a solar energy system, Pearl Buck Center has recuperated its cost of installation through energy savings.Find Out More
With parts of Lane County entering “Extreme Drought” conditions, EWEB will continue to monitor the McKenzie River watershed vigilantly for “Harmful Algal Blooms” (HABs) – outbreaks of toxic cyanobacteria (single-celled, blue-green algae) that thrive in warm water conditions.Find Out More
It's been a year since the devastating wildfire, buffeted by fierce easterly winds, swept down the McKenzie River Valley, destroying homes, forests and damaging one of the most pristine watersheds in the country.
As fire containment efforts accelerated in the weeks after the fire started, the Eugene Water & Electric Board worked to restore power to thousands of upriver residents and launched a series of actions to stabilize the charred banks of the McKenzie River - the sole source of drinking water for roughly 200,000 people in the Eugene metro area.
EWEB, McKenzie Watershed Council, McKenzie River Trust, the Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District and other members of Pure Water Partners banded together to work with landowners to keep toxic ash and other hazardous materials from entering the river.
The partnerships, formed through EWEB's leadership to protect and enhance drinking water quality almost two decades ago, proved essential as on-the-ground stabilization efforts raced against the subsequent rains and the erosion and sedimentation into the river that follows.
"Back in 2000, Eugene was one of the first larger metropolitan areas to take its watershed as part of its water infrastructure and to recognize that," said Karl Morgenstern, EWEB's Watershed Restoration Program Manager.
"Now we have the trust and relationships to do projects like large-scale floodplain restoration," Morgenstern said. "Other places are facing disasters and those relationships are not in place, and they're having to build those in the midst of a disaster and that just adds complexity and delays action."
The McKenzie River Trust organized volunteers to receive donations for people who had to evacuate the fires. They filled Springfield High School's football stadium with clothes, food, camping gear, and hope. EWEB's five elected commissioners immediately allocated an additional $1 million to the Watershed Source Protection Program budget to support stabilization and restoration efforts. Federal, state and local agencies, including the Willamette National Forest, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Oregon Department of Forestry and Lane County also provided financial and logistical aid.
But as the fire burned itself out and first responders departed to handle other disasters, it became clear that the long-term recovery of the watershed and its people would be left largely to the local community.
This past spring, EWEB commissioners approved a new recovery and restoration initiative to supplement the utility's Drinking Water Source Protection Program. The Watershed Recovery Fee went into effect in July and is assessed to all residential and commercial water customers based on meter size. For most residential and business customers, the fee will be a flat $3 per month (based on a 1-inch or smaller water meter). The fee automatically sunsets in five years, and is expected to generate about $12 million.
The Drinking Water Source Protection Program safeguards drinking water for Eugene residents by addressing immediate risks such as erosion from high intensity burn areas and redevelopment along the river, as well as longer-term resiliency investments to restore floodplain areas that are critical to water quality and habitat. The fire caused extensive damage to the watershed by reducing tree cover and creating toxic ash, debris, and sediment that can wash into the river, degrading drinking water quality and increasing treatment costs.
"We are here for the duration," said EWEB CEO and General Manager Frank Lawson. "Unlike a FEMA-type response, which is typically short-term support, we are planning for a significant recovery. The additional fire restoration work is intended to supplement EWEB's ongoing watershed protection that is part of our responsibility as an organization with a significant presence in the McKenzie Watershed."
In the year since the fire, Pure Water Partners continues its work with more than 270 landowners in the McKenzie River Valley to assess fire damage, control invasive species, reduce fuels to support Firewise best practices, and install additional erosion control measures. The partnership has replanted 89 riparian properties with 210,000 native trees and shrubs to begin restoring McKenzie River riparian zones.
The security of the community's water supply is tied directly to the health of the McKenzie Watershed. By investing in the Drinking Water Source Protection Program, EWEB, its customers and other members of Pure Water Partners are investing in the long-term health and quality of life for residents and the local economy.
EWEB's presence in the McKenzie Valley has lasted for more than 110 years, and the utility will continue investing in the upriver community and the watershed for generations to come.
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Eugene, OR 97402
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