Archives : 2012 : October

Laura Gibson croons “Down by the River”

October 20th, 2012

The third session in the Deschutes Brewery’s Deschutes River Recordings series presents Laura Gibson with a spiritual cliffside take on “Down by The Riverside.” The pairing dovetails nicely with the themes explored in her latest album La Grande. The video’s eclectic makeup teases at La Grande’s lush explorations of vocal layers, organ, vibraphone, synthesizer, marimba, even marching drum. Simple solo finger-picking set momentarily aside, Gibson has arrived at a conflux of old-time and avant garde all her own.

Annual meetings give water transaction organizations a chance to gather and learn

October 12th, 2012

Three of our Deschutes River Conservancy staff members recently returned from the 2012 Fall QLE meeting in Washington. Qualified Local Entities, or QLEs are organizations under the Columbia Basin Water Transaction Program with missions to restore stream flows to the tributaries of the Columbia River. Managed by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and funded by the Bonneville Power Administration, the eleven QLEs throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana meet annually in a different watershed to learn from each other.

“The QLE meetings a great resource for our staff to interact with other organizations doing similar work around the Columbia Basin,” said Scott McCaulou, DRC Program Director. “It’s a time to learn from our peers, to examine conservation projects happening throughout the Northwest and bring those good ideas back to the Deschutes.”

This year’s meeting was centered around water conservation projects being managed by the Washington Water Trust and the Trout Unlimited Washington Water Project. QLE attendees were able to tour the project sites and ask detailed questions about the planning and implementation processes.



The Deschutes River Conservancy awarded $50,000 grant from the Bureau of Reclamation

October 2nd, 2012

Funds Will Be Used To Develop a Long-Term Collaborative Plan to Improve Water Management in the Upper Deschutes Basin

Recently, the Bureau of Reclamation announced the recipients of its WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program. Through this program, the Deschutes River Conservancy will receive $50,000 to develop a comprehensive water management strategy, in partnership with the Deschutes Water Alliance, to improve instream flows, provide more reliable water supplies to farmers, and to help meet future municipal water demands.

“This is a great opportunity for basin water stakeholders to step back from their day-to-day activities and to consider how water can be managed even better than it is today for the mutual benefit of agriculture, municipalities and the environment,” said Tod Heisler, the Deschutes River Conservancy’s Executive Director. “We are enthusiastic about this planning initiative and the potential improvements it will likely identify.”

WaterSMART is a program of the U.S. Department of the Interior that focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. To this end, the Deschutes Water Planning Initiative (DWPI), spearheaded by the Deschutes River Conservancy, seeks to balance competing needs for water through a collaborative planning effort.

“With this funding, the local community becomes a partner with Reclamation and together we work toward conserving valuable water”, said Scott Boelman, the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bend Field Officer Manager. “When Reclamation supports local watershed management groups we are ensuring the community is involved in local decisions that create healthy watersheds”.

The Deschutes River Conservancy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 1996 to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin. If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Tod, please call 541-382-4077, Ext. 19 or email at

Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper lends his talents to support the Deschutes River

October 1st, 2012

The second in the series of Deschutes River Recordings by the Deschutes Brewery was released today. Blitzen Trapper‘s singer, Eric Earley, puts his own spin on The Band’s “Up on Cripple Creek,” filmed on the exquisite grounds at House on the Metolius. Hailing from Portland, Eric Earley and Blitzen Trapper, capture the sound of nostalgia and American roots while lending their considerable talents to restoration efforts in the Deschutes River.

First Eric D. Johnson of the Fruitbats, now Eric Earley! We can’t wait to see the third video in the series, due to be released shortly. Stay tuned! As always, download for free or donate what you can. Proceeds benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy‘s restoration efforts in the Deschutes Basin.