The Area Plan guides local landowners and their conservation partners on how to prevent pollution. It includes information on agricultural water quality concerns and recommendations for addressing them. The Area Plan does not tell anyone how to farm, ranch, or otherwise use natural resources. Rather, it includes recommended practices that a landowner can choose from. The practices can help meet their business and conservation goals, while also preventing water pollution.
Agricultural water quality concerns in the Upper Grande Ronde area are primarily:
- Erosion and surface water management
- Nutrient management
- Animal enterprises, including Confined
- Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)
- Near-stream management areas
- Livestock management