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Notes from the Field: Visiting Whychus Creek’s Floodplain

October 26th, 2017

Gen Hubert and Natasha Bellis from the DRC took a tour of the US Forest Service floodplain/habitat restoration project on Whychus Creek on Tuesday. This project is creating crucial habitat for the reintroduced steelhead and salmon on Whychus Creek. DRC’s flow restoration projects with partners such as Three Sisters Irrigation District goes hand in hand with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council and US Forest Service’s habitat restoration projects and fish barrier removal, as well as conservation easements carried out by the Deschutes Land Trust, for the reintroduction to be successful.

Whychus Creek flowing at about 170 cubic feet per second.

Deschutes River Conservancy Nominated for City Club’s Conversation of the Year

October 24th, 2017

In September, the City Club of Central Oregon announced four finalists for their newly minted “Conversation of the Year” award. This award will celebrate the conversations that benefit our community. A circulating trophy will be awarded this year to the individual, for-profit, non-profit or government entity in recognition of their participation in the conversation.

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) was co-nominated for restoration work in and along Whychus Creek. Historically, the the creek that runs through Sisters, Oregon would run dry during the summer irrigation season. Through a collaborative effort with many local, state and federal partners, the DRC has been long been part of the conversation about Whychus Creek. Today, critical habitat for salmon and steelhead in Whychus Creek is on its way to recovery.

“We are honored to be nominated for this award,” said Tod Heisler, Executive Director of the Deschutes River Conservancy. “Restoring Whychus Creek has shown how great things can be accomplished when people create a common vision and work together to achieve it.”

The trophy, designed and sponsored by Schmid Malone Buchanan, LLC will be presented to the winner(s) tonight at Civic Drinks – the annual City Club member mixer on October 24th at Awbrey Glen.