Archives : 2018 : January

Notes from the Field: 2018 Snowpack So Far – Yikes!

January 8th, 2018

By Kyle Gorman, South Central Region Manager for Oregon Water Resources Department

As of today, the snowpack at the basin’s snow telemetered sites are reading 37% of average water content. We started off November with a spectacular snow pack and December has left us way behind. Although we can recover in January and February, it will take a lot of storms and moisture just to get back to normal or average. “It isn’t over til its over” but we really need some snow in the mountains right now….lots and lots of snow. The forecast for the mountains is only chance of snow for the next 7 days; that is not enough. Three Creeks SNOTEL is only 20% of average for water equivalent and this is the site that gauges snow pack for Whychus Creek. We need 6.3 inches of water equivalent to get the snowpack to average. The precipitation for the water year is 81 percent of average which is better but not where we want to be.

DRC Says Farewell To Our Longtime Development & Communications Director

January 4th, 2018

After 12 years at Deschutes River Conservancy, Bea Armstrong is leaving her position as the Director of Development and Communications to seek new adventures with her family in Hong Kong.

Bea was the DRC’s first Marketing and Communications Director and was promoted to the Director of Development and Communications in 2010. She built the Marketing and Communications Program from the ground up, developed and scaled the DRC’s brand and founded the DRC’s two signature fundraising events, the Tight Lines Auction and RiverFeast (now combined into one event).

An avid river rafter and fly fisher, Bea leaves a strong legacy of passion and dedication to raising awareness about the issues facing the Deschutes and its tributaries.

During her tenure, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Deschutes Partnership brand and raised millions of dollars to accomplish the DRC’s mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes Basin.

We wish Bea the best of luck with her new adventures!