Protecting the water quality of the McKenzie River is essential to the mission of Eugene Water & Electric Board. The McKenzie River is the sole source of drinking water for the City of Eugene.
The Pure Water Partners (PWP) Program is a new initiative designed to reward McKenzie landowners who protect high quality land along the river, assisting EWEB in protecting water quality and helping to avoid future water treatment costs.
The program provides annual payments, technical assistance and/or other incentives to participating landowners. It also helps to connect landowners who wish to engage in restoration projects on their land with technical and financial assistance.
Landowners with small residential lots may participate in the PWP Naturescaping Pathway. Landowners with more than an acre or two may be eligible for the PWP Protection or Restoration Pathway.
Program partners include the Eugene Water & Electric Board, Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development, McKenzie Watershed Council, McKenzie River Trust, Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District, University of Oregon, and the US Forest Service.
Our Pure Water Partners meeting scheduled for March 16, 2020 had to be canceled due to Covid-19; however, we held a live webinar to replace the meeting on May 6, 2020. We have posted the recorded webinar (click the image to start the video) for McKenzie landowners and others to learn more about the Pure Water Partner (PWP) program and how to participate. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
If you own land in the McKenzie Watershed within the PWP program boundary, you are eligible to participate in the program. Please use the search button below to find out if your property falls within the boundary of the Pure Water Partners.
Naturescaping is a method of landscaping which seeks to incorporate native plants, reduce water use, enhance habitat and protect water quality while producing a landscape that meets landowner needs, is easier to maintain and can save both time and money.
EWEB works with local partners to put on naturescaping workshops, which cover a variety of topics, including developing a functional and waterwise landscaping plan; planting the "right plant" in the "right place;" addressing invasive species; the importance of riparian buffers to water quality; reducing pesticide and fertilizer use; and enriching soil quality through composting.
For rural landowners who own small lots (approximately 2 acres or less) and are next to a river or stream, the PWP naturescaping pathway provides financial incentives and technical assistance to design and implement a naturescaping plan.
The PWP program aims to protect existing healthy riparian areas along the mainstem McKenzie River and its tributaries through voluntary actions. Landowners who have land meeting this criteria are eligible for financial incentives through the Protection Pathway. Land that needs additional work or restoration may be entered in PWP through the Restoration Pathway.Protection/Restoration
The McKenzie Watershed Conservation Fund will be used to provide financial support to the Pure Water Partners (PWP) program, with the goal of becoming a sustainable funding source. It will be comprised of various funding sources including:
It is anticipated that these funding sources will vary over time in both the diversity of contributors as well as the amount of funding from each source.
Conservation easements are voluntary legal agreements that permanently limit certain uses of the land in order to protect unique conservation values. The McKenzie River Trust works to engage willing landowners in protecting habitat and natural landscapes in the McKenzie Watershed.
There are currently 15 conservation easements in the McKenzie Watershed, spanning over about 615 acres.
Landowners who have conservation easements along their streamside property are automatically considered Pure Water Partners and are eligible for program incentives.
Visit the McKenzie River Trust for more information on conservation easements.
This table shows the current number of landowners participating in the Pure Water Partners Program.Current Landowner Participation
For more information about the PWP Program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-685-7438.
We want to provide our customers with the highest quality water. Our monitoring program evaluates water quality in the rivers and streams throughout the McKenzie Watershed.
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We take threats to the McKenzie River seriously and have designed watershed emergency response system to address hazardous material spills that could affect drinking water quality