This is the center of our work.
For the past seven years, The Freshwater Trust has produced an uplift report, marrying compelling stories with measurable outcomes.
What’s included is the result of diligent monitoring, the development of new systems for efficient data collection, countless conversations with landowners and partners, and the deployment of tools and methods that ensure our work is strategic, effective, and results in measurable “uplift.”
Dive deeper into the ways we work for uplift in specific basins.
Despite being known for world-class rafting and fishing, many parts of the watershed are in need of protection and restoration, work that includes fencing livestock, revegetation with native trees and shrubs, and constructing large wood structures.
The John Day encompasses more than 8,000 square miles, stretched between Bend and Baker City. The land in this part of eastern Oregon is used for raising beef cattle and growing hay and wheat. TFT has worked with 32 farmers and ranchers in the region to keep water in the John Day and its tributaries since 1995.
Majestic. Wild. Powerful. “Fish full.” This is how we’d describe Oregon’s Sandy River Basin. And more than a dozen partners are committed to restoring its streambanks, side channels, and instream habitats.
Planting native vegetation along key tributaries, collaborating with irrigators to reduce agricultural runoff, and enhancing floodplains and wetlands along the river bank and existing islands are all part of the stewardship plan for the Snake River watershed.
California’s long-term drought has provided the opportunity to consider new approaches to dealing with the challenges of groundwater sustainability, surface water management and irrigation efficiencies. All these concerns overlap geographically in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River basin, where TFT is building multiple programs.
The Lostine has supplied farms in northeastern Oregon with water for generations. But as the number of diversions increased in tandem with drier years, salmon suffered. TFT partners with 83 landowners on irrigation efficiency projects and flow deals to keep more water in the Lostine river and its tributaries when fish need it most.