Indian Ford Creek
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) works with partners to develop agricultural water quality management plans and regulations to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural activities. These regulations (Area Rules), tailored for 38 water quality areas in Oregon, apply to agricultural lands regardless of size or use. They also apply to agricultural activities on forest land and within cities and urban growth boundaries.
Water quality goals can be reached by promoting voluntary cooperation among landowners and natural resource partners to address management concerns, and by ODA enforcing water quality regulations.
ODA is leading “Strategic Implementation” initiatives, where select areas around the state receive focused outreach and education to address priority water quality concerns. ODA and natural resource partners work together with agricultural landowners to concentrate technical and financial assistance as needed. ODA will enforce water quality regulations where problems persist.
One of the Strategic Implementation Areas (SIA) in Oregon is the Indian Ford Watershed located near Sisters, OR. Since 2015 the Deschutes SWCD has worked with private landowners and land managers to restore over 1.2 miles of streambank and 36 acres of riparian meadow, improve native plant communities by controlling 20 acres of noxious weeds, and removal of obstructions within Indian Ford Creek that impede water flow. The Deschutes SWCD's future goal is to continue to strengthen partnerships and work with private landowners within the Indian Ford Creek watershed and other watersheds in Deschutes County.