I’ve got this secret spot on the Middle Deschutes where time stands still and the fishing can be a thing of beauty.
The Deschutes River Conservancy has brought farmers, irrigation districts, anglers, power producers, developers and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs together to restore some of the historic stream flow
This week, a federal judge blessed the Swalley Irrigation District’s plan to pipe a section of leaky canal.
Oregon Sens. Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden both support a bill that would enable a six-mile canal piping project from Tumalo Creek to Tumalo Reservoir to qualify for federal funding.
A plan to pipe the Tumalo Feed Canal and improve fish habitat will likely be delayed by a senator from Oklahoma who has stalled the project — and about 80 others — over objections about its cost.
Low flows and ice can affect fish populations on the Deschutes, but anglers still enjoy the river in the winter.
Four organizations in Central Oregon, including the DRC, received a $4 million grant to work on conservation projects earlier this week.
Local Issues in Congress including information about the DRC's funding.
Water managers ‘predict the future’ as they plan for summer irrigation.