Deschutes River Conservancy News

A Step in the Right Direction for the Upper Deschutes

Beginning this winter, the Deschutes River will flow at a minimum of 100 cubic feet per second (cfs) from September 16th to March 30th. The river community is celebrating the addition of this water to…

Fish Salvage on the Deschutes River

Community members gathered in waders, boots and rain jackets at Lava Island Falls last week to rescue thousands of fish in what’s becoming an annual event. Each fall, streamflow in the Upper Deschutes from Wickiup…

Stand together for the Deschutes River

Perspective on U.S. District Court hearing on the Oregon spotted frog litigation from DRC Executive Director, Tod Heisler  As I scanned the overflowing courtroom for an empty seat at last Tuesday’s Oregon spotted frog hearing, I encountered…

What you need to know about the Deschutes

The Deschutes River needs our help. The Deschutes River, though beautiful, has some very serious problems. In many years, flows in the Deschutes below the reservoir can drop by as much as 98% from summer…

A tale of two droughts: 1977 & 2015

  Let me paint a picture of the summer of 1977 in Sisters, Oregon. The population was less than 700 people, many of whom were farmers. A drought had devastated the snowpack in the Cascades,…

We have snow! Is the drought over?

The current water report from Oregon Water Resources Department Region Manager, Kyle Gorman The Water Year so far has been a remarkable improvement from last year.  Although, the reservoirs are still showing some lingering effects…

Some like it hot – but not fish

July was hot; the hottest month on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Combine that with an unusually warm winter, dismally low snowpack and drought declaration in 90% of Oregon and…

Water conservation for the future

With drought declarations now in the majority of Oregon’s 36 counties, water is top of mind. Here in the Deschutes Basin, our situation is serious, but not as grim as in some places. We benefit from…