• DRC Welcomes New Executive Director, Ron Nelson

    The Deschutes River Conservancy’s Board of Directors and staff are welcoming our new Executive Director, Ron Nelson, to the organization in January 2019.

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    DRC Welcomes New Executive Director, Ron Nelson
  • Proceeds of Deschutes Dash will Benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy

    We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Deschutes Dash. A huge thank you the Deschutes Dash for helping to keep our river healthy and flowing!

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    Proceeds of Deschutes Dash will Benefit the Deschutes River Conservancy
  • RiverFeast Dinner & Auction

    Join us Saturday, May 11, 2019 for​ the RiverFeast Dinner & Auction to support the restoration work of the Deschutes River Conservancy

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    RiverFeast Dinner & Auction
  • Improving flows in McKay Creek

    The DRC is partnering with McKay Creek farmers and Ochoco Irrigation District to restore natural flows to McKay Creek.

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    Improving flows in McKay Creek
  • Latest Upper Deschutes Basin Study Information

    Click to read documents related to the Basin Study. The PowerPoint presentation and the related posted remain available. The Basin Study Work Group hosted public houses to learn more about the available strategies to restore rivers and meet community needs into the future. If you missed them you can see them here.

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    Latest Upper Deschutes Basin Study Information


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


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've Made Progress

We've Made Great Progress

Living in the high desert, we all rely on the Deschutes River and its tributaries. When we began restoring streamflow and improving water quality over 20 years ago, the landscape looked much different. Whychus Creek in Sisters ran dry in the summer, the Middle Deschutes, downstream from Bend had only 20% of the flow it has today, the Crooked River downstream from Smith Rock suffered from low flows and high stream temperatures.

Streamflow Restoration Accomplishments


*CFS = Peak protected flows May - September


We Need Your Help


Conservation Tips

Conservation Tips

7 tips for conserving water in and around your home.

Conserve Water


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How We're Organized

How we’re organized

Founded in 1996 as a collaborative, multi-stakeholder organization, the DRC's Board of Directors makes decisions by consensus and is comprised of key public and private interests including farming, ranching, timber, development, hydro-power, recreation, tribes, and environment. We are a small, dedicated team of water professionals who are passionate about our local streams and communities. Together we've been able to make amazing progress in the basin and are looking forward to one day seeing a sustainably restored Deschutes Basin.