Deschutes River Conservancy News

Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Instream Rivers Act

Did you know that permanently protecting flows in Oregon’s rivers wasn’t always possible? Today is the 35th anniversary of Oregon’s Instream Water Act. Thanks to this forward-thinking act, Oregon has become a leader in voluntary streamflow restoration.

Notes From the Field – Collaborative Team Meeting With COID

Recently, the Deschutes River Conservancy engaged in a collaborative meeting with the Freshwater Trust, Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), Bureau of Reclamation, and AMP Insights in a two-part trip to discuss upcoming projects and explore current job sites.

Notes from the Field – A Trip to Boundless Farmstead

This past April, the DRC was presented with the opportunity to visit Boundless Farmstead, a 20-acre farm just east of Bend in Alfalfa, Oregon. The farm is owned and operated by Megan and David Kellner-Rode, both of whom are committed to growing the best quality crop with sustainable and waste-reducing strategies in mind.

Rebekah Altman Joins DRC as Development Director

Rebekah oversees all things Development at the DRC – fostering relationships and garnering support for our work from foundations, businesses, and community members. She gets excited about interdisciplinary approaches to complex issues and the power of collaboration.

DRC ED Speaks at Whychus Watershed Seminar Series on Water Use & Conservation

The Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is coordinating a six-part informational speaker series about Whychus Creek and its watershed. DRC Executive Director, Kate Fitzpatrick will be sharing information about WATER USE AND CONSERVATION on March 15th at the Sisters Library with a virtual attendance option.

Senators Merkley and Wyden Announce Crucial Funding to Support Water Conservation and Habitat Restoration in Central Oregon

“This funding is an invaluable investment in a project that both restores natural flows to McKay Creek, supporting reintroduced steelhead, while providing more reliable pressurized water to farmers. We are thankful for this federal investment in a truly win-win project that gives back to the community and the ecosystem,” said Deschutes River Conservancy Executive Director, Kate Fitzpatrick.