Public Engagement                                                       

Purpose of Public Engagement

Public engagement focuses on informing the public about project goals, project design and anticipated

environmental effects, while seeking to understand and alleviate public concerns related to downstream

flood risk and other perceived potential impacts. While the project takes place entirely on private land

and is not subject to public decision-making, we understand the public has a genuine and legitimate

interest in how this project may affect them, their families, their financial interests, and their


Communication and Outreach Goals

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  • Communications and outreach activities achieve the following external communication goals:
  • 1.   Clearly communicate project  goals for this private land project and how project
  •        decisions are made.
  • 2.   Provide meaningful, accessible, and equitable opportunities for the public to provide
  •        constructive feedback and concerns to the project sponsor.
  • 3.   Proactively communicate project milestones and progress to the public with opportunities for
  •        questions and timely follow up responses to minimize concerns raised due to misinformation.
  • 4.   Establish the project sponsors as a trusted source of project information, and ensure technical           information is communicated to the public in the clearest, most explicit way possible
  • 5.   Demonstrate how decision-makers considered public concerns in project design and 
  •        implementation.

For more information on public engagement for this project, please see the Public Outreach Plan.

Public Information Meetings

January 30, 2020 (Union High School).



           Project Introduction

                -Jim Webster, Union Soil and Water Conservation District

           Landowner Perspective

                -Andrea Malmberg

           Project Context, Purpose, and Funding

                -Jesse Steele, Grande Ronde Model Watershed

           Catherine Creek Fishery Resources and Habitats

                -Allen Childs, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

           Buffalo Peak Project Area Physical Background and Concepts

                -Mike Knutson, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Stakeholder Focus Group


We have identified a project-related stakeholder focus group (Focus Group) to engage in two-

way communication about the project. The Focus Group is not a formal advisory committee-

rather, its purpose is to enable the USWCD to share information about this private land project

with a voluntary set of community representatives and landowners, and to receive feedback

from this group as the project progresses. It will meet as determined by USWCD, and 

periodically in conjunction with public information meetings.


      Mike Becker, President, State Ditch Company

      Donna Beverage, Union County Commissioner 

      Dave Dahlstrom, Union Sportsman Club

      Leonard Flint, Mayor, City of Union

      Jeff Friesen, Community Member

      Darren Hansen, Eastern Oregon Livestock Show

      Pat Kennedy, OSU, Union Experiment Station

      Jake Kimbro, Resident, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

      Andrea and Tony Malmberg, Landowners, Buffalo Peak Land and Livestock

      Willard Bertrand, Community Member

      Sue Hawkins, City Councilor, City of Union

      Dick Middleton, Community Member

      Cathy Nowak, Community Member

      Paul Phillips, President, Prescott Ditch Company

      David Ricker, Community Member

      Wade Titus, President, Swackhammer Ditch

      Doug Wiggins, Administrator, City of Union

      Anthony Pagiarulo, Community Member

       Kathy Kirby, Community Member

Focus Group Meetings

The first Focus Group meeting will take place on September 28th from 6:00-8:00pm online via Zoom. While participation will be limited to Focus Group members and agency staff, the meeting will be open to the public to listen and observe. The agenda with the meeting link and phone number will be posted one week in advance of the meeting.