Results and Accomplishments
The presence of 10 native species of fish and 3 native species of amphibians in intermittent agricultural streams and ditches has been documented during this project. Important habitat variables (such as vegetation cover, flow, channel gradient) were identified as important to fish community composition and fish abundance.
This project provides needed information to Oregon grass seed farmers that serves to increase their participation in USDA's farm conservation programs. The research shows them which conservation practices maintain or enhance aquatic habitats; thus, it serves as the basis for farmers to qualify for program participation. Although adapting some conservation practices tends to cost farmers more, there are also economic benefits from other practices resulting in savings in production costs. Participating farmers, of course, would also benefit from receiving conservation payments.