Deschutes River Conservancy News

2023 Water Supply Outlook: On The Path To Recovery

With the current Cascade snowpack towering at 174% of average, and seemingly endless rounds of spring snow adding to the total, the Deschutes River Basin is receiving some much-needed relief from the years-long drought cycle we have been in.

Irrigation Districts Are Turning On – Here’s What That Means

Local irrigation districts are about to start sending water to their farmers. Water is being released out of Wickiup Reservoir (as it does every year), so flows in the Upper Deschutes are going to increase, flows will be diverted into canals in various places in Bend, and consequently flows downstream will drop dramatically.

Reflections on World Water Day

World Water Day is an important reminder of the crucial role that water plays in our lives. On a global level, it can be difficult to comprehend how an individual can make a difference, but with the inspiration of “Be the change you want to see in the world” we can all make small changes that add up to big effects.

Critical Wild Steelhead Habitat Gets a Water Boost

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) has been working for over 27 years to improve streamflow in the Deschutes River Basin. Through our collaborative work with our partners, we have been able to protect more than…

DRC Welcomes New Program Director, Jim Bond

The Deschutes River Conservancy is thrilled to announce that Jim Bond will be joining our team as our Program Director. Jim is an accomplished professional with a wealth of experience in water conservation, having previously worked as a Program Manager at the Washington Water Trust.

The Silencing of Celilo Falls – 66th Anniversary on March 10th

The 66th anniversary of the silencing of Celilo Falls on the Columbia River occurred on March 10th, 2023. Celilo Falls was a significant fishing site and meeting place for many Indigenous tribes in the Pacific Northwest, including the Yakama, Umatilla, Warm Springs, and Nez Perce tribes.