• LISTEN: DRC's Kate Fitzpatrick on Western Water Market Podcast

    Drought in the West has gone from bad to the worst. Learn about how conservation tools can help.

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  • NEW PROGRAM AIMS TO INCREASE ON-FARM IRRIGATION EFFICIENCIES AND CONSERVE WATER

    Deschutes River Conservancy and Central Oregon Irrigation District partners to reduce irrigation needs, improve efficiencies and restore Deschutes River flows.

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  • Coors Seltzer Funds DRC Efforts to Stabilize Whychus Creek Flows

    The Deschutes River Conservancy is working with funding from Coors Seltzer to further incentivize water leasing in Whychus Creek, a reach that used to run dry two of every three years. Three Sisters Irrigation District (TSID) diverts flows from the creek for area irrigators.

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RESTORING STREAMFLOW ​​AND IMPROVING WATER QUALITY
IN THE DESCHUTES RIVER BASIN FOR 25 YEARS

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Check out our interactive map of the Deschutes River Basin

See our priority reaches, challenges we're tackling, and how far we've come.

We’re lucky to have this beautiful river

but the systems that manage it were created 100 years ago, and now it’s suffering

  • Act Now to Save the Deschutes River

    The Deschutes is a natural jewel in the heart of our community. But many of us are unaware that the river upstream of Bend is in big trouble. Its ecology is at a tipping point and showing steep declines in fish, wildlife and vegetation. We must act now before it is too late.

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What We Do

The problems are fixable and we're all working together to conserve water and​ solve them

Everyone Wins

Everyone will win if we can fix this

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The streamflow challenges currently facing the Deschutes Basin trace back more than 100 years. Settlers put the Basin's water to work pursuing a successful future for local agriculture ​but not considering the environmental ​impact. Today we know far more about the need to protect ecosystems while supporting livelihoods. We're fortunate to be in a basin with enough water for all — provided it's properly managed. By rethinking and rebalancing how we use and share water, we can and will have enough water for fish, farms, and families. 

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