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Wildfire can dramatically increase erosion in forests by reducing tree cover and altering the physical and chemical properties of soils. Post-fire ash, debris, and sediment can complicate water treatment, impact water quality for downstream communities, and challenge our source water protection efforts.
In the aftermath of the Holiday Farm Fire, we are working in partnership with landowners, watershed researchers, forest management agencies and local non-profits to identify threats to our water supply and public health, prioritize watershed restoration activities and help with long-term community recovery.
All of us who rely on and benefit from the McKenzie River will have important roles in meeting the challenges ahead. Restoring the watershed and protecting our community's drinking water for generations to come will take shared stewardship, ownership and commitment.
If you own land along the McKenzie River that has been affected by the Holiday Farm Fire, we are offering free post-fire assessments to evaluate erosion concerns, hazard trees and soil conditions, and make recommendations for short and long-term erosion control measures and replanting.
This service is being offered through Pure Water Partners, an 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.
To request a site assessment, please fill out the request form below. Once we are able to schedule site visits, McKenzie Watershed Council or Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District will contact you.
Before we evaluate your property, you will need to sign an access agreement allowing us to be on your property. You will receive the access agreement via email and will sign and submit electronically.
Our first and immediate priority is to respond to landowners whose property has been damaged by the wildfire. However, if you have not been immediately impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire, but would like to be part of the Pure Water Partners program, you are also welcome to sign up for an assessment and we will set up a time to visit your property as soon as we are able.Submit a Property Assessment Request
Lane County is coordinating an effort for fire damaged property owners to OPT IN to a state and federally funded program to have Environmental Protection Agency crews remove household hazardous waste from fire-affected properties at no cost to the property owner. Household hazardous waste includes fuel and petroleum, pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach, ammunition and large pieces of asbestos materials.
Crews that specialize in identifying and removing hazardous substances will visit properties, determine what hazardous materials need to be removed, and remove them for safe disposal.
IMPORTANT: Property owners must sign an access agreement, called a Right of Entry form to allow cleanup crews onto their property.
To learn more and opt in, please visit the Lane County website.Lane County Holiday Farm Fire Resources
EWEB and Pure Water Partners (PWP) are offering free site assessments to identify hazard trees as part of an integrated approached to erosion control on private properties impacted by the Holiday Farm Fire.
Retaining fire-damaged trees that are likely to live will help mitigate for erosion, as well as preserve natural forest processes and critical habitat. However, trees impacted by fire can also be classified as hazards and in some cases should be removed to reduce the risk to life and property.
As part of the site assessment, PWP can work with landowners to fell hazard trees that:
1. Are located within the riparian area or connected upland areas that are in danger of significant erosion, AND
2. Can be used for erosion control measures or create an immediate safety threat to workers implementing erosion control measures
Trees that are outside the identified erosion control areas will NOT be assessed through the Pure Water Partners program. Property owners should consult a licensed arborist to determine stand health and guide decisions to either remove or retain fire-damaged trees that are not addressed by PWP.
To sign up for a site assessment, please complete the online application. Within a few days of completing the application, you will receive an access agreement via email and will sign and submit electronically, giving Pure Water Partners permission to be on your property. McKenzie Watershed Council or Upper Willamette Soil & Water Conservation District will then contact you to schedule your site visit.
If you know of a location where trees are interfering with our power system, please let us know. Someone from our vegetation management team will contact you. EWEB operates an extensive tree trimming program to enhance reliability and protect public safety by keeping trees and branches a safe distance from overhead electric lines.
Complete our online form to report concerns about trees and powerlines.
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