Category : Events

The Deschutes River Conservancy’s 2012 RiverFeast: Dining for Streamflow Restoration

August 8th, 2012

The sweeping views from the Burgess’ home at Ranch of the Canyons.


This past Saturday, the Deschutes River Conservancy celebrated our 6th Annual RiverFeast Benefit Dinner at the magnificent home of  Bob and Carolyn Burgess at Ranch at the Canyons. Guests enjoyed the vocal styling of Lori Fletcher’s Deco Moon Jazz while mingling with friends in front of sweeping views of the Crooked River and Smith Rock.  After a sumptuous dinner served by the Deschutes Brewery, Becky Johnson, Vice-President of OSU-Cascades, spoke to the crowd about higher education possibilities based on the DRC’s collaborative restoration model. The evening’s activities ended with a water auction fundraiser for the DRC. This year’s event truly was a distinctive gathering at a magnificent location to bask in the beauty and significance of our local rivers and streams!

Susan Lucky HIgdon’s “Crooked River Canyon,” the artwork for this year’s RiverFeast.


 A special thank you to:

Bank of the Cascades, 2012 RiverFeast Title Sponsor

We would also like to thank:

Bob and Carolyn Burgess, Susan Lucky Higdon, Becky Johnson of OSU-Cascades, Kristi Miller of Good Morning Central Oregon Deschutes Brewery, Lange Estate Winery, Lori Fletcher’s Deco Moon Jazz, Tabletop Rentals, Elevation Tent Rentals









Salmon and Steelhead Benefit from Longterm Funding in Central Oregon

July 25th, 2012

The Deschutes River Conservancy recently hosted a project tour for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Bonneville Power Administration, primary funders that have been integral in shaping our conservation efforts for the past 10 years. Both organizations have funded numerous projects over the years, but this tour was all about salmon and steelhead reintroduction efforts.

The first stop on the tour was Whychus Creek in Sisters, one of our biggest success stories. Not too long ago, Whychus Creek ran dry in the summer irrigation months, dramatically impacting native fish populations. Now, after a series of restoration projects implemented by the DRC and our partners, we are able to enjoy a healthy creek that is home once again to salmon and steelhead.

DRC Program Director, Scott McCaulou explains the massive restoration efforts taking place on Whychus Creek.

The second stop was at the Crooked River near Smith Rock. This past winter, the DRC and North Unit Irrigation district broke ground on the first of a series of projects that will address irrigation needs of farmers in the Madras and Culver areas as well as the habitat needs for salmon and steelhead in the lower Crooked River. When complete, The North Unit Initiative will be the largest flow restoration project in Oregon’s history.

Crooked River

North Unit Irrigation District Manager, Mike Britton (left) and DRC Executive Director, Tod Heisler (right), discuss the intricacies of the North Unit Initiative.

The last stop on the tour was McKay Creek. Nestled into the Ochoco National Forest northeast of Prineville, McKay Creek suffers from low streamflow during the summer months. When completed, the McKay Creek Water Rights Switch will provide farmers with a more reliable water source and up to 11 cubic feet per second (cfs) of streamflow will be restored in the creek during a critical period for steelhead spawning and migration.

McKay Creek

DRC Program Analyst, Brett Golden, looks for macroinvertebrates in McKay Creek, a sign of a healthy stream.

2012 Tight Lines Auction and BBQ Dinner was a great success!

May 14th, 2012

Our 6th Annual Tight Lines Auction took place on Friday, May 11th and, we are happy to say that it was the best year ever! Many thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible. Please enjoy a highlight reel from the day!