Deschutes River Conservancy News

A Tale of Two Rivers

Even though the Willamette River Basin is extremely similar to the Deschutes River Basin in terms of size and geographic location, it has a much wetter climate.  The differences in vegetation are pretty obvious even…

Upper Deschutes Basin Study

How it all started Over 100 years ago, federal and state policies encouraged the settlement of the high desert by facilitating access to land and irrigation water. In many cases, the state gave out more…

Notes from the Field: 2018 Snowpack So Far – Yikes!

By Kyle Gorman, South Central Region Manager for Oregon Water Resources Department As of today, the snowpack at the basin’s snow telemetered sites are reading 37% of average water content. We started off November with…

Looking to the Future of the Upper Deschutes River

There is a saying in our office that “restoration does not happen at a 21st century pace.” In an immediate world of instant messages, short cuts and quick fixes, we are accustomed to being able…

Notes from the Field: Visiting Whychus Creek’s Floodplain

Gen Hubert and Natasha Bellis from the DRC took a tour of the US Forest Service floodplain/habitat restoration project on Whychus Creek on Tuesday. This project is creating crucial habitat for the reintroduced steelhead and…