Over the last decade, private landowners have joined with NRCS, USBR, USFWS, USFS, OWEB, and many other restoration partners to implement restoration actions that benefit both landowners and aquatic and riparian ecosystems. The goals has been to use the best available science to guide restoration actions and the adhere to priorities outlined by federal and state agencies. These priorities consist of improving fish passage and reducing entrainment, restoring natural stream processes, improving management of riparian areas, reducing nutrient enrichment from agricultural operations, reconnecting springs, and recreating lake-fringe wetlands.
The ecological benefits of watershed restoration are well documented. Communities benefit from restoration with improved water availability, water quality, and ecosystem function. Landowners benefit with more efficient irrigation systems, the capturing of surface water runoff that improves groundwater recharge, more abundant wildlife and improved efficiency of land management systems. Restoration projects employ consultants and contractors who purchase equipment and hire employees, providing a benefit to local economies.