In the Media

Wild and Scenic designation needs clarity

Bend Bulletin

It was a bit surprising to discover that some of the rivers proposed for Wild and Scenic designation were dried up or creeks, streams or gulches — not really rivers at all.

Lawsuit seeks more spill over Columbia Basin dams for salmon

Bend Bulletin

The record-shattering heat wave in the Pacific Northwest prompted fishing and conservation groups to ask a federal court Friday to order more spill from dams on the lower Snake and Columbia rivers next spring, which could aid the migration of endangered salmon and steelhead runs.

Bend’s wastewater could be destined for North Unit farmers

Bend Bulletin

Facing drought conditions and a dire shortage of water, North Unit Irrigation District in Jefferson County has started talks with the city of Bend about tapping its treated wastewater, a small but potentially helpful lifeline that could extend the district’s irrigation season — but not this year.

Surfing the drought

Bend Bulletin

Extreme drought is setting up the Deschutes River for lower flows next month — not the best news for tubers, surfers and kayakers who depend on the swift-flowing river for summertime fun. But seasoned river users say there is still a lot of life left in the Deschutes this year.