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Monitoring Our Watershed

Questions about our monitoring program?

Email us or call 541-685-7355.

We understand how important it is to provide you with a safe and reliable water supply. That's why we created a broad-based, water-quality monitoring program to measure the health of the McKenzie River. We're always looking for possible threats to our community's drinking water. We are very fortunate that the McKenzie River has excellent water quality, and we do our best to keep it that way.

We collect water samples from sites along the McKenzie River and its tributaries to measure current water quality and compare them to past samples to find out if water quality is changing over time. We also check the water for pesticides, metals, nutrients and bacteria that can wash into the river during storms. In summer months, we check reservoirs in the McKenzie Watershed for harmful algal blooms (HABs).