Deschutes River Conservancy News

An interview with Watermaster, Jeremy Giffin

The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) serves the public by practicing and promoting responsible water management. Jeremy Giffin (pictured above) is the OWRD’s Watermaster for Central Oregon and has spent the past 17 years working…

Whychus Creek revived through combined efforts

Restored flows in Whychus Creek meandering through The Deschutes Land Trust’s Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Whychus Creek in Sisters has made a huge comeback in the past several years through the collaborative efforts of the…

In Memory of Bob Main (1943-2013)

On June 6th of this year, Central Oregon lost one of its most important figures in water management. Bob Main was Watermaster and then Regional Manager at the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) for twenty-two years…

Streamflow restoration groups convene in Bend

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Bonneville Power Administration, and the Walton Family Foundation brought together 90 river restoration practitioners together in Bend this past week. They toured the Deschutes and Klamath Basins, comparing and contrasting approaches to…

Another project brings us closer to our goal for Whychus Creek

The native fish habitat found in Whychus Creek plays an integral role in steelhead reintroduction efforts underway in the basin. Through a series of instream flow restoration projects, the Deschutes River Conservancy, in partnership with…

Change in steelhead designation eases restoration efforts

This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced that the designation of steelhead trout released above Round Butte Dam on the Deschutes River will be changed from endangered to experimental under the Endangered…