Infographic: Uplift in the John Day

October 1, 2018

Undammed from its headwaters in the Strawberry Mountains to its confluence with the Columbia, the John Day is the third longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States. Yet the pulse of this mighty artery and its 120 tributaries coursing through eastern Oregon is never guaranteed, due in part to climate and pressures from the productive agricultural operations around it.

We’ve been partnering with ranchers and farmers to keep water in the John Day and its tributaries since 1995. Historical recovery and restoration plans and an analysis of the most valuable water rights in the basin help determine where our involvement will make the largest impact for the resource.

The monitoring of projects throughout the John Day allows us to document exactly how these impacts add up in terms of streamflow restored. Streamflow is measured in cubic feet per second (cfs), which equals a volume of water one foot high and one foot wide flowing a distance of one foot in one second. There are approximately 448 gallons per minute in 1 cubic foot per second.

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