Wallowa Dam Rehabilitation Project Update

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The Wallowa Dam Rehabilitation project will finally see repairs to make it operationally safe and allow for Sockeye Salmon to migrate.

This project provides a unique opportunity to enhance water conservation and fish and wildlife habitat while optimizing agricultural water supply deliveries and continuity to deliver potable drinking water, as well as provide flood protection and recreation opportunities to the communities of Joseph, Enterprise, and Wallowa, Oregon. McMillen Jacobs Associates is providing engineering, permitting and regulatory, and construction services.

In 2020, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) along with the Wallowa Lake Irrigation District, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and the Nez Perce Tribe signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) regarding the release and protection of instream water from Wallowa Lake. The MOA was a necessary step for the partners to obtain state funding to complete improvements on the Wallowa Dam. In 2022, the Oregon legislature will begin disbursing funds needed to commence work and implement the MOA.

The video link below, opens with Oregon Governor, Kate Brown, giving her full support to the project, as well as in-depth interviews with representatives with the four major stakeholders on the project.