Watershed Group receives planning grant

HRWG meets Tuesday at OSU Extension office

Hood River Watershed Group has received a $99,629, two-year grant from the Bureau of Reclamation Cooperative Watershed Management to expand its outreach program, conduct additional analyses to support Hood River County’s Water Planning and Water Resources model, and produce a basin-wide Water Conservation Strategy. HRWG was one of five award recipients in the western United States, according to Cindy Thieman, Hood River Watershed Group coordinator.

The group’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the OSU Extension Service meeting room at 2990 Experiment Station Road in Hood River.

The group will hear a presentation on the Lower Mid-Columbia Ecological Assessment from Aaron Borisenko, of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and Dr. David Farrer, of the Oregon Health Authority.

This study was conducted in 2009 to evaluate levels of toxins in Columbia River fish. Accumulation of toxic contaminants in fish threaten survival of the fish and human consumption of these fish can lead to health problems.

Borisenko will describe the study and its results. Farrer will talk about the resulting health advisory for fish consumption on the Mid-Columbia.

Also planned is screening of an OPB Oregon Field Guide clip featuring Hood River’s Greg Short.

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