Deschutes River Conservancy News

Water planning for the future: what does it look like?

Whychus Creek will flow this summer, revealing both promise and a challenge. For nearly 20 years, the DRC has partnered with local water interests to collaboratively restore flows in our rivers and streams. This approach…

Drought in Whychus

Whychus Creek depends entirely on snowmelt for streamflow. With historically low snowpack in the Cascades this winter, water is in very short supply. State water and emergency managers have recommended a drought declaration for Deschutes County,…

Spring is here! But what happened to winter?

Spring is finally here, but what an unusual winter! Unseasonably warm temperatures resulted in very little snowpack and an average amount of precipitation that allowed reservoirs to fill in the Upper Deschutes Basin ahead of…

Harvest update for Central Oregon

The harvest season is drawing to a close in Central Oregon as fall seeding and preparation for the next year begin. With the successful completion of a diversity of crops grown, from garbanzo beans to…

Removing the last concrete dam in Whychus Creek

Thirteen miles of upstream spawning and rearing habitat are now open to reintroduced Chinook salmon and steelhead as well as redband trout now that the last concrete dam on Whychus Creek has been removed. The…

Restoring rivers by improving irrigation

Up to 90% of the water used in Central Oregon supports local agriculture. Much of the irrigation system was developed more than 100 years ago with technology that’s now outdated. Today, the DRC works closely…