Conservation Corner: White River Integrated Water Initiative

Are you familiar with the White River Integrated Water Initiative (Initiative)? The Initiative’s mission is, “to identify actions promoting a healthy river that ensures a vibrant agricultural community and maintains healthy fisheries while protecting water rights, quantity, and quality with respect for the local customs, cultures, and property rights.”
Based on public input, the overall goals for the initiative are:

  1. Protect and preserve existing water rights and other beneficial water uses
  2. Protect and enhance water quantity and quality through promoting best management practices for:
    a. Forest health
    b. Riparian health
    c. Rangeland health
    d. Favorable conditions of streamflow
  3. Identify opportunities for creation or improvement of infrastructure to support efficient consumptive and non-consumptive uses.
  4. Support the development and maintenance of efficient and necessary long-term storage solutions that will improve, enhance and ensure irrigation, river health, water quantity, water quality, and native and recreational fisheries.

Do you want to know more and become involved in the initiative? The White River and Douglas Creek Conservation Districts’ Fall newsletter features the Integrated Water Initiative and can be accessed on the Districts’ website at The Newsletter highlights the activities to date, timelines, upcoming events, maps, and a list of the Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) members.

If you are interested in receiving this newsletter and other District information via email, please send your email address to the District at Visit


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