Deschutes River Conservancy News

Notes from the Field – DRC Out in the Community

While a lot of our work is in front of a computer and in long collaborative meetings, DRC staffers love to get out in the community to help inform about water issues, challenges facing the…

Merkley, Wyden announce bill to reauthorize Deschutes River Conservancy

“The Deschutes River Conservancy has shown itself time and again to be an essential piece of Central Oregon’s commitment to water quality and conservation for communities,” Wyden said. “This legislation would build upon the Conservancy’s strong legacy with federal support to help its vital work with rivers and tributaries continue for years to come.”

Notes from the Field – Take Aways from the Central Oregon Farm Fair

The 42 annual Central Oregon Farm Fair at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Feb. 3 & 4) was well attended by farmers seeking information about their water supply for the coming year, programs to improve conservation practices, reports on crop research, and re-certifications for safe use of on-farm chemicals. Here are our takeaways from the two days of seminars and discussions. 

(Podcast) Bend Don’t Break with the Source Weekly: Sharing Water

Kate Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, talks with Source Publisher Aaron Switzer about the new water bank pilot project for the North Unit Irrigation District, which allows farmers to obtain water from other water rights holders.

New Water Management Program Will Ease Water Shortages for Junior Irrigators and Rivers

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC), in partnership with Central Oregon Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District, is launching the 2022 Deschutes Water Bank Pilot Program. The program is a local, flexible, and voluntary water management tool, which allows for the easier movement of water to meet farmer and river needs in times of scarcity.

Notes from the Field: Wickiup Reservoir

It was a great day in the field observing the importance of restoring flows in the Upper Deschutes with DRC staff and our partner at the US Forest Service. Observing the current conditions and the impacts of more than 70 years of modified river flows reinforces the importance of restoring flows in the Upper Deschutes.