State grants boost key projects to help water, range improvements

The water at the Owyhee Reservoir casts a mid-summer green glow. A recent infusion of funds from a state agency will help two conservation groups boost water quality and range improvements across Malheur County. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Two local conservation organizations received a big boost from the state recently to improve water quantity and quality and restore sage grouse habitat.

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board earmarked grants totaling $380,407 for five projects overseen by the Malheur County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Malheur Watershed Council.

The soil and water conservation district is a state agency while the watershed council is managed by the county. Both organizations focus on conservation issues such as water quality and the health of rangeland.

 The largest grant - $149,912 – will help the conservation district . . .