With more than 30 years of on-the-ground experience, The Freshwater Trust is the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwest, and the second largest conservation group based in Oregon.
“Quantified conservation” is an approach that allows us to ensure our actions are translating to outcomes. We still count the number of trees we planted alongside a river, but then we take it a step further and use technology to identify how much solar energy will be blocked by those trees, keeping the water cool, or how much runoff is absorbed by the trees, keeping the water clean. We employ tools that tell us how and where a conservation project will have the largest overall benefit for a watershed.
Quantifying the outcomes of conservation also allows us to integrate the economy with the environment. It turns conservation into a sound investment opportunity, allowing investors to target river projects with the greatest impact and grant funders to purchase actual outcomes.
We don’t buy into the notion that more is better. For us, better is better, and we track how every action we take is making a difference for our freshwater resources, our wildlife and our communities.
Ensuring a future with clean, healthy rivers requires understanding the outcomes of our actions staying adamant about achieving results.
Dive deeper into the ways our individual projects have made a difference.
Nearly 200,000 residents in Oregon’s Eugene-Springfield area share something besides geography. They all rely on the McKenzie River as their sole source of drinking water.
The Freshwater Trust works with the City of Medford, Oregon to plant trees along the banks of the Rogue River to offset the warm water discharged into the river by the wastewater treatment plant. The project is an example of quantified conservation in action and a natural infrastructure solution for temperature compliance under the Clean Water Act.
The Fifteenmile Action to Stabilize Temperature, known as FAST, uses a predictive model that combines climate and streamflow information to forecast water temperatures at five sites throughout the watershed.
Planting native vegetation along key tributaries to the Snake River, collaborating with irrigators to reduce agricultural runoff, enhancing floodplains and wetlands associated with the river bank and existing islands, and even creating new islands in the Snake River are all part of the proposed stewardship plan for the Snake River watershed.
Our Quarterly Impact Reports allow you to stay up-to-date on how we’re putting the generous gifts of our donors to use, both on the ground and behind the scenes …
… and our annual Uplift Report summarizes the powerful outcomes of our projects.
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Alan Horton, Managing Director