Deschutes River Conservancy News

Rebekah Altman Joins DRC as Development Director

Rebekah oversees all things Development at the DRC – fostering relationships and garnering support for our work from foundations, businesses, and community members. She gets excited about interdisciplinary approaches to complex issues and the power of collaboration.

DRC ED Speaks at Whychus Watershed Seminar Series on Water Use & Conservation

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is coordinating a six-part informational speaker series about Whychus Creek and its watershed. DRC Executive Director, Kate Fitzpatrick will be sharing information about WATER USE AND CONSERVATION on March 15th at the Sisters Library with a virtual attendance option.

Senators Merkley and Wyden Announce Crucial Funding to Support Water Conservation and Habitat Restoration in Central Oregon

“This funding is an invaluable investment in a project that both restores natural flows to McKay Creek, supporting reintroduced steelhead, while providing more reliable pressurized water to farmers. We are thankful for this federal investment in a truly win-win project that gives back to the community and the ecosystem,” said Deschutes River Conservancy Executive Director, Kate Fitzpatrick.

Notes from the Field – DRC Out in the Community

While a lot of our work is in front of a computer and in long collaborative meetings, DRC staffers love to get out in the community to help inform about water issues, challenges facing the…

Merkley, Wyden announce bill to reauthorize Deschutes River Conservancy

“The Deschutes River Conservancy has shown itself time and again to be an essential piece of Central Oregon’s commitment to water quality and conservation for communities,” Wyden said. “This legislation would build upon the Conservancy’s strong legacy with federal support to help its vital work with rivers and tributaries continue for years to come.”

Notes from the Field – Take Aways from the Central Oregon Farm Fair

The 42 annual Central Oregon Farm Fair at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Feb. 3 & 4) was well attended by farmers seeking information about their water supply for the coming year, programs to improve conservation practices, reports on crop research, and re-certifications for safe use of on-farm chemicals. Here are our takeaways from the two days of seminars and discussions. 

(Podcast) Bend Don’t Break with the Source Weekly: Sharing Water

Kate Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, talks with Source Publisher Aaron Switzer about the new water bank pilot project for the North Unit Irrigation District, which allows farmers to obtain water from other water rights holders.