Though the Metolius is located near Black Butte, geologists believe the Cascades to be the source of the river, which springs from dry ground and flows into Lake Billy Chinook.
SISTERS — The long-running debate over a proposal to hike water rates in Sisters took a new course when the chief of the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District backed the plan for safety reasons.
Jefferson County’s most contentious election this May is for three open seats on the Deschutes Valley Water District.
SISTERS — Sparks flew along Whychus Creek late last week as welders worked to piece together specialized fish screens along two parallel 140-foot concrete chutes.
SALEM — Discussions over a voter- approved law that uses lottery money for parks and natural areas have local conservation groups concerned.
More hydroelectric plants could be in the region’s future, with the Central Oregon Irrigation District studying the feasibility of six sites along its canals.
Two Crook County water experts will talk to residents Wednesday morning about the past, present and future of water resources in the Prineville area as government officials continue to find ways to keep the county hydrated.
Measure 76, passed by voters in the fall election, guaranteed that 15 percent of lottery revenue goes to parks and wildlife habitat. That may be about $160 million per biennium. The Nature Conservancy helped lead the campaign. The group made a deal to ensure the measure got past the Legislature. Now, the deal is broken.
The controversy concerning the future of Bend’s water supply is critical to everyone in the area. Surprisingly, for something of this significance, very few people are aware of the real issues.