On a chilly November day, third graders from Adams Elementary School in Eugene learned about the lifecycle of native salmon on a field trip to Lake Creek near Triangle Lake. The field trips take place all month as part of a program funded by EWEB grants. EWEB dedicates a portion of customer rates to inspiring kids to explore the wonders of science and learn about watershed health, water quality, and emergency preparedness.Find Out More
Hundreds of landowners in the McKenzie River valley are working with EWEB to prevent future fires and protect the river by replanting burned properties and removing fuels like dead trees and underbrush.Find Out More
EWEB works with 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.Find Out More
Local middle school students from around the area learned about the entire life cycle of salmon along the McKenzie River at Salmon Watch 2022, which was held at the EWEB spawning channel. The field trip took place during peak salmon spawning season, when fish that are at least two feet long are reaching the end of their journey from the ocean to their natal streams.Find Out More
We are working to ensure our systems are ready to perform through extreme heat. Check out tips and resources to help you stay safe and comfortable while conserving energy.Find Out More
Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioners are looking to the future in an uncertain time.Find Out More
A new digital fire lookout tower will soon be able to spot small fires before they threaten communities and infrastructure in the upper McKenzie River Valley, thanks to a new ALERTWildfire camera installed Monday on a communications tower owned and operated by the Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB).Find Out More
It's called an FUV, a fun utility vehicle. And we are so having FUN! We are proud to have a small fleet of electric vehicles. Two to be exact.Find Out More
As a public utility, it is important EWEB check in with customers to see how we are performing. We invite you to share your feedback and opinions.Find Out More
EWEB is offering an updated suite of environmental programs designed for customers who want to save money, water and energy while taking their commitment to sustainability to the next level. At the same time, EWEB is also injecting $100,000 of additional funding into our solar photovoltaic (PV) program.Find Out More
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New programs provide customers opportunities to invest in local environment, watershed protection, and future climate scientistsFind Out More
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While world leaders debate climate action, EWEB reflects on our community's climate successesFind Out More
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We are partnering this week with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies to study methods to preserve young Pacific and brook lamprey during lake and reservoir drawdowns.
Lampreys belong to a primitive group of fishes that are eel-like in form but lack the jaws and paired fins of true fishes. Lampreys have a round, sucker-like mouth, no scales and gill openings. Lamprey are culturally significant for many Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest.
When reservoirs are drawn down rapidly, biologists worry that young lampreys may not be able to "follow the water" quickly enough and could become stranded and die.
To help biologists and fisheries managers study methods to help lampreys escape de-watering situations, our Generation staff slowly lowered the level of Leaburg Lake. Juvenile and larval lamprey are known to live in the silt along the southeast shoreline of the lake, above Leaburg Dam on the McKenzie River, 26 miles east of Eugene.
"This is a unique opportunity for fisheries managers and biologists to study behavior during a slow drawdown," said Andrew Janos, an EWEB biologist. "What they learn could help them establish best practices for drawdowns at other locations in the Northwest."
Starting early on March 22, staff began lowering the level of the lake at a rate of 1.8 inches per hour. The slow drawdown continued until the lake level dropped by about 1.5 feet. The drawdown resumed on March 23, when staff will slowly lowered the lake another 1.5 feet.
We contacted state and federal fisheries managers in 2017 to begin working on the study. Over the next two to five years, we are planning to remove a portion of the significant silt build-up along the left bank of the dam to improve the upstream fish ladder passage for migrating salmon. Working with the agencies to conserve the lamprey larvae and juveniles during future silt removal operations is a high priority as we strive to be good stewards of the McKenzie River.
Pacific and brook lamprey populations have declined in recent decades, and biologists are looking for ways to promote the preservation of the species.
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