Harney Rockers- Crane Union High School Physical Science Class

Harney county is a high desert in Eastern Oregon that only receives 11 inches of precipitation per year [on average] compared to Western Oregon that receives 32 inches per year [on average]. We chose this project because of the on-going drought conditions that have restricted the number of water permits issued for drilling wells for crop production in the Harney Basin. As a result of this action, our county’s economy may be in jeopardy. It is our desire to maintain our way of life by understanding aquifer and watershed health.  We feel that creating a geological map will better help our community plan for water conservation.


About the schools:

Crane Union High School was established in 1920 to educated the youth in the southern half of Harney County.  Crane Union High School has one of the few public dormitories left in the nation.  The dorm is home to some students who live more than 2 hours away. Students who attend CUHS are from rural school districts.  They are Diamond, Frenchglen, Fields, Double O, Suntex, Drewsey, Pine Creek. 

Burns is it's own district consisting of Slater Elementary, Hines Middle School, and Burns High School.

Silvies River Charter School is an online school under Frenchglen School District.

Project Partners:

  • Harney County School Districts
    • Crane Elementary
    • Slater Elementary
    • Frenchglen
    • Diamond
    • Double O
    • Silvies River Charter School
    • Suntex
  • Portland State University- Dr. Michael Cummings, Geology Professor of Emeritus
  • Oregon Water Resources Dept.- Darrick Boschmann
  • Harney County Water Resources Dept.- Dally Swindlehurst
  • Hard-working landowners

SchoolDescriptionDue DateComplete
Crane Elementary Get permission from well owners October 31, 2015  
Diamond School Get permission from well owners October 31, 2015  
Double O and Silvies River Charter Get permission from well owners October 31, 2015  
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Recent Announcements

  • Visit to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge! On August 6th, water resource interns take a visit to the Malheur wildlife Refuge to help Fish Biologist Joseph Barnett assisted by Luke Bailey test water quality in different locations ...
    Posted Aug 7, 2018, 1:12 PM by physical science
  • Current TDS, Temperature, and isotope data as of Spring 2018 Please click on the "Files" tab to the right to see the presentation presented by CUHS students in Spring 2018. This marks the current data we have to date.  More ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 1:13 PM by Connie Robbins
  • Summer Internship 2018 We were able to acquire left-over funding from the previous grant to continue our well water testing within the Harney Basin. Returning student Rhett Landon and new recruit Katelyn ...
    Posted Jun 18, 2018, 11:38 AM by Connie Robbins
  • Analyze and Prepare! This year, we learned about Earth Science and water in the Harney Basin. Right now we are analyzing the well data and putting together a powerpoint to present at the ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2018, 10:45 AM by physical science
  • Completed testing...for now. The two interns, a graduate student from Portland State University, Kiri Hargie and I completed what we could finish this past summer 2017.  We were able to test 6% of ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2017, 11:45 AM by Connie Robbins
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