After nearly 12 years of discussions and negotiations, the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan was announced Friday, with its backers saying it will do a great deal to balance streamflows and better protect four threatened species for the next 30 years – and critics saying it does nothing of the sort and vowing to challenge it.
Warm autumn days are about to transform into a steady barrage of either rain or chilly temperatures as more typical November and December weather arrives in force, meteorologists said.
The Opal Springs Volitional Fish Passage project was honored recently with a State Land Board Award, recognizing a longtime collaborative effort to eliminate a major fish migration barrier in the Crooked River Watershed.
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When the water level in Wickiup Reservoir dropped to critical levels in August, Central Oregon’s farming community was left without a stable source of water for irrigation. It also left thousands of fish without a sufficient habitat to survive.
An ongoing project to improve fish habitat in Whychus Creek will now be spread out over two years, due to delays caused by the September wildfires.
River flows fluctuate dramatically and unnaturally. About half the water conveyed through open ditches never gets where it was intended to go. A drought isn’t helping, either.
Many miles have been piped over the past several years, to make more efficient use of water. And more such projects are on the way. A big one had a formal groundbreaking Tuesday.
Central Oregon LandWatch's rivers conservation director talks about the organization's efforts to restore the Deschutes River to its historic flows