The Oregon Farm Bureau has hired attorney Lauren Smith to serve as director of government affairs, lobbying on behalf of the state’s farmers and ranchers.
Kate Fitzpatrick, the executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, a nonprofit whose mission it is to restore water to the Deschutes River, said low flows in winter limit fish habitat and also create a disconnect with floodplain areas, impacting frog habitat and river function.
While economic assistance will be essential to address the impacts of closures and restrictions on our salmon fisheries, it is vitally important that federal, state, tribal, and local governments continue to work together to recover and restore salmon populations and develop management strategies to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of our salmon fisheries
The two districts, both starved for water since Wickiup Reservoir emptied in August, have access to water for about two weeks until the end of the irrigation season.
This opportunity for NUID comes as the Central Oregon Irrigation District shuts off its water for the season.
Some of these issues can be addressed in the medium to short term, some of them are going to require long term solutions. All of them are going to take some time.
As climate change alters the availability of water in the West, Hayes said barley growers need varieties that are adapted to the new reality.
This funding comes as many areas of Oregon are experiencing yet another year of record drought, putting severe strain on farmers, ranchers, and entire communities.
In one year, starting October 2022, winter flows of the Deschutes will be bolstered with an additional 30 cubic feet per second of water. That represents a 28% jump over normal winter releases from Wickiup Reservoir.