Madison Ranches, Inc., and McCarty Ranch (Madison and McCarty) are large-scale agricultural operations in the Butter Creek Critical Groundwater Area in eastern Oregon. Groundwater curtailments in the region severely limited these farmers’ ability to irrigate more than 1,100 acres of land. GSI has assisted Madison and McCarty with a number of solutions to enhance their water supplies during the irrigation season, including artificial groundwater recharge (AR) at Madison to divert and treat ASR source water, and ASR at both properties.
Both ASR facilities have been in operation since 2006, collectively recharging, storing, and recovering approximately 1,200 acre-feet of water annually for irrigation. After the McCarty ASR project was fully developed for McCarty’s needs, GSI prepared a successful application to obtain the third ASR permit issued in the state. GSI continues to support the Madison ASR project, performing ongoing assessments of water quality and groundwater data and preparing annual reports to the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) to maintain current licenses for the project.
GSI's work involved:
The Madison Ranches ASR system
GSI's Jeff Barry and Jason Melady (left and middle) visit with Mike McCarty on his property.