Deschutes Basin Habitat RestorationThe DRC currently serves as a grants manager for local organizations who design and implement habitat restoration projects. This role allows us to leverage local resources and effectively draw on our own strengths as an organization.
Since 1998, the DRC has been involved in almost 50 restoration projects in the Crooked River, Deschutes River, Whychus Creek, and Metolius River watersheds. Almost 40 of these projects were implemented by the end of 2005. Projects funded by the DRC have ranged from tailwater wetlands to riparian fencing. These diverse projects all focus on improving water quality in the Deschutes Basin. Across the Deschutes Basin, DRC funded projects have restored almost 100 miles of stream, created 13 acres of new wetlands, and planted almost 150,000 native riparian plants.
The DRC has worked closely with local partners to develop restoration plans for priority reaches in the Deschutes Basin. We have developed close relationships with the Crooked River Watershed Council and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to ensure that riparian restoration projects are part of these plans.