Mission & Vision


The Deschutes River Conservancy is dedicated to restoring streamflow and improving water quality in the Deschutes River Basin.

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.

The staff and board of the Deschutes River Conservancy embrace the values of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. A healthy environment and healthy inclusive communities are deeply interconnected — we cannot have one without the other.​​


By the year 2025, we envision a future where:

  • Local governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have executed and are implementing a regional water management agreement that balances water for irrigators, municipalities and rivers
  • Stream flows are well on their way to meeting targets
  • Instream, riparian, and floodplain habitat enhancements are in full scale implementation, enabled by and complementing flow restoration
  • Trust among basin stakeholders is high. The DRC Board is respected and highly functional
  • Citizens are knowledgeable of and are champions of the DRC’s flow restoration strategies.


  • Open. Value and seek out diverse perspectives.
  • Consensus-based. Work to overcome differences and make consensus decisions.
  • Collaborative. Deploy cooperative, non-regulatory approaches. Committed to helping all parties achieve their respective goals.
  • Innovative. Proactively seek new approaches for solving old problems.
  • Non-litigious. Do not engage in litigation.
  • Adaptive. Adapts and refines goals and strategies based on evolving information and opportunities.
  • Partnership-based. Leverage partners’ strengths to complement flow restoration with the physical habitat restoration and land conservation necessary to achieve watershed-scale outcomes.