• VOLUNTEER: Fall Fish Rescue

    The DRC will be coordinating the volunteers this year for the Fall Fish Rescue.

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  • Welcome Lisa Seales, DRC Programs Manager

    Lisa is the DRC’s new Programs Manager. She is a native Oregonian, world traveler and environmental educator who has worked with various teams to address large-scale, collaborative water management issues.

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  • What's the Latest Water News?

    Stay up to date with news stories about water and rivers in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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  • Meet Dani Wise Johnson, Our New Programs Director

    For the past 10 years, Dani has been working independently, conducting restoration projects, performing watershed assessments, leading trainings for professionals, guiding municipalities and non-profits through water quality challenges, and generally trying to spend as much time on the rivers as possible!

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  • WELCOME TO OUR NEW PROJECT MANAGER, JACOB KIMIECIK

    Jacob is our new Project Manager. Prior to joining the DRC, Jacob earned a BS in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics along with a BA in Economics from Colorado State University in 2016. Jacob also earned a JD from Lewis & Clark Law school in 2021 with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.

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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. 

We Need Your Help

WE COULD USE YOUR HELP

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Conservation Tips

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