The event, scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. in McKay Park beside the Colorado Street Bridge, will celebrate clean water, healthy wildlife, fish, vegetation and the beauty that is this region’s life blood.
Kyle Gorman remembers a time, not so long ago, when many folks in Central Oregon viewed concepts like water conservation with suspicion, if not outright contempt. Water flushed down the river was water wasted.
The Deschutes River could run deeper, local energy could be greener and Central Oregon businesses might get richer, if $2 million in earmarks in three U.S. Senate spending bills released this week become law.
Streamflows throughout the Deschutes Basin are protected by the Scenic Waterway Act and Instream Water Right Act. Protected flows are set by month, representing the minimum biological needs of fish.
Three miles of the Swalley Irrigation District’s main canal are now underground in new pipes. But because the project was delayed, there’s still two more miles of pipe to lay — and that gap is causing problems as Swalley tries to deliver water to its customers.
Bend is looking at changes to the way the city gets its drinking water. The options include switching the source or adding a hydropower facility.
RiverSong: Group show celebrating the Deschutes River by more than 20 Tumalo Art Co. gallery artists; free; 5 to 9 p.m., runs through May; 136 N.W. Greenwood Ave., Bend; 330-9770 or www.tumaloartco.com.
The bill, which passed the Senate three weeks ago and still has to be signed by President Bush, also reauthorizes the Deschutes River Conservancy to receive federal funds in coming years.
A group of local artists now wants to give something back to the river that needs some help.