Watershed Emergency Response

Questions about our spill response program?

Email us or call 541-685-7355.

We want to be proactive in responding to a hazardous spill or other emergency that could threaten the McKenzie River's water quality. We have worked with a federal, state and local agencies to implement the McKenzie Watershed Emergency Response System (MWERS).

EWEB and partners setting up boom for a drill

Incident commanders use MWERS to quickly gain access to crucial information, equipment, and trained people, making their response more effective. Watershed responders use geographic information system (GIS) technology to get information on threats, critical resources, available equipment, and other information needed during a crisis. This information allows them to efficiently and effectively stabilize accidental or intentional chemical spills as soon as possible.

To report a spill, please call the Oregon Emergency Response System (OERS) at 800-452-0311. You can also call the Hayden Bridge Water Treatment Plant at 541-341-8500.