The risk, release & reward.
Have you ever helped flood irrigate?
I hadn't ever until last year.
It still gets me how something as small - and as simple - as a few 1x4's, or a piece of plywood and a tarp can be rigged to hold back a mass of water so great that it builds and then spills over the sides bringing new life to pastures or crops.
But that also, in a matter of a few seconds, and with a few pulls - it can all be released?
That moment when the boards are pulled, and the pressure of the water is released and it all just floods away....
They've changed their diversion dam in the Umatilla - and are one of the first and only landowners in a major tributary of the Columbia River to do so. The goal was to create a partnership.
One in which the river flourishes, the land and ranch flourishes and the wildlife and fish flourish.