River Restoration Stories

[caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Restoring flows in Whychus Creek and providing, pressurized, fish friendly water for farmers.Photo credit: Mathias Perle, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council[/caption]   Let me paint a picture of the summer of 1977 in Sisters, Oregon. The population...
With drought declarations now in the majority of Oregon’s 36 counties, water is top of mind. Here in the Deschutes Basin, our situation is serious, but not as grim as in some places. We benefit from a combination of water supplies....
Whychus Creek depends entirely on snowmelt for streamflow. With historically low snowpack in the Cascades this winter, water is in very short supply. State water and emergency managers have recommended a drought declaration for Deschutes County, where Whychus Creek is situated;...
Thirteen miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat are now open to reintroduced Chinook salmon and steelhead as well as redband trout now that the last concrete dam on Whychus Creek has been removed. The removal of the Pine Meadow...
Rimrock Ranch is a gorgeous 1,120 acre property situated along Whychus Creek near Sisters. When owners Gayle and Bob Baker moved to the ranch nearly two decades ago, they fell in love with the wild nature of the property. In...
We can look forward to a higher flowing, healthier Whychus Creek this summer as a result of the latest in a series of restoration projects that have revived this Sisters creek. Once a dry creek bed in the summer months,...