Notes from the Field: Measuring Flows at McKay Creek

For the past three years the DRC has monitored streamflow on McKay Creek to develop a baseline before implementing its McKay Creek Water Rights Switch project. Developing a solid baseline now will allow the DRC to compare pre and post project streamflow conditions.

The DRC is currently completing a comprehensive monitoring plan for McKay Creek that will include the addition of more streamflow measurement points to further develop our streamflow baseline.

The McKay Creek Water Rights Switch project will restore natural flow to the middle reach of McKay Creek by allowing landowners to trade their McKay Creek water rights for Ochoco Irrigation District (OID) water rights, sourced from Prineville Reservoir. In exchange for more reliable OID water, landowners will transfer their certificated McKay Creek water rights instream.