Criss Family Farms, Klamath Falls, OR
In March of 2022, Gov. Kate Brown declared drought emergencies in 11 counties in Central, Eastern and Southern Oregon, citing low snowpack, reservoir levels and low streamflow that “have caused or will cause natural and economic disaster conditions.”
Ramping up water conservation efforts is one way to mitigate drought impacts. Energy Trust’s incentives for energy-saving equipment that also saves water can help farmers and ranchers manage their operations under challenging conditions.
For instance, switching to an energy-efficient irrigation system can stretch water supplies. Drip, linear or pivot irrigation systems help apply water more effectively to field crops and reduce evaporation.
Irrigation system improvements back in 2019 helped lighten the load at the Criss family farm near Klamath Falls, reducing the energy, water and labor needed to grow 2,000 acres of alfalfa and grain. The farm received $21,000 in Energy Trust incentives for the upgrades.
Learn how Criss Family Farms benefited from cash incentives and water conservation methods