Deschutes River Conservancy News

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 Reservoir to Bend are reduced...
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 Richard Macy, a North Unit...
[caption id="attachment_474" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Photo: Richard Scott Nelson[/caption] 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...
[caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Restoring flows in Whychus Creek and providing, pressurized, fish friendly water for farmers.Photo credit: Mathias Perle, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council[/caption]   Let me paint a picture of the summer of 1977 in Sisters, Oregon. The population...
[caption id="attachment_467" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Photo: Kim Brannock[/caption] 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...
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 you get some pretty unhappy...
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 a combination of water supplies....