photo courtesy of Elizabeth Allen
Conserving Water Sources
With shifting climatic conditions, our region is experiencing lower on-average snowpack and increasing drought. Coupled with rapidly growing populations in the Pacific Northwest, our historically abundant water resources are under a great deal of pressure. Crag works with various organizations and conservation groups to protect Oregon’s precious water resources from unsustainable uses and develop policy options to ensure that our forested watersheds are preserved for future generations. This program includes our work on behalf of Bark, Food & Water Watch, and Local Water Alliance to prevent Nestlé from securing rights to Columbia Gorge spring water for its proposed commercial water bottling operation, as well as our efforts alongside Portland Audubon, Oregon Wild, and WaterWatch of Oregon to advocate for increased water flows in crucial migratory bird stopovers of the water-scarce Klamath Wildlife Refuge.
What We’re Working On
The Klamath Basin contains five National Wildlife Refuges established to protect fish, wildlife, and waterfowl habitat. Unfortunately, the refuges have been severely damaged and degraded from competing commercial agricultural uses over the last century.