Protecting and restoring riparian areas of the McKenzie River to maintain clean water, reduce erosion and provide habitat for fish and wildlife.
What is Pure Water Partners (PWP)?
The PWP Program is 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. PWP encourages stewardship of healthy riparian forest areas and provides incentives to landowners to protect and/or restore riparian forests as key systems for:
- maintaining clean water;
- reducing erosion;
- providing shade along the adjacent waterbody;
- providing key habitat for fish and wildlife; and
- maintaining a healthy resilient watershed.
PWP provides technical assistance for landowners on the McKenzie River who need restoration work on their property including:
- Fuels reduction and wildfire mitigation;
- Invasive vegetation removal;
- Erosion issues revegetation;
- water quality improvements; and
- Wetland, riparian and floodplain restoration.
How do Landowners participate in PWP?
Landowners have several options as briefly outlined below. For complete and updated information please visit PWP website.
- Incentives: Protection and Restoration Pathway Options.
- Assessments: Sign up for a free Property Assessment to determine wildfire damage and options for restoring degraded areas.
- Naturescaping: PWP recommends the use of native plants as a way of reducing chemical and water use, as well as maintenance, while protecting water quality and increasing native wildlife habitat. easing native wildlife habitat.
- Firewise Practices: In light of the Holiday Farm Fire, PWP is encouraging landowners to incorporate Firewise practices on their properties, which are aimed at creating defensible space and reducing invasive vegetation and ladder fuels that can threaten homes and structures.