THE IMPORTANCE OF IRRIGATED AGRICULTURE 

Economic

Social Environmental

Irrigated agriculture is the backbone of Oregon’s economy, supporting a variety of high value crops and commodities sold and consumed statewide, nationally, and globally. Associated water infrastructure projects also provide family wage jobs in the construction, engineering, and product manufacturing industry.

Providing water to farms and other agricultural water users ensures the availability of fresh locally produced food important to both rural and urban communities. Irrigated agriculture also provides ancillary social benefits through boating, fishing, hunting, and other recreational amenities created by water supply projects and irrigation management.

Agricultural water suppliers are on the forefront of water conservation and are constantly seeking innovative methods to stretch finite water resources for the benefit of all water uses within the district, including environmental benefits such as increased stream flows, improved water quality, screening and passage for fish restoration, and other environmental benefits.