River News

[caption id="attachment_474" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Photo: Richard Scott Nelson[/caption] The Deschutes River needs our help. The Deschutes River, though beautiful, has some very serious problems. In many years, flows in the Deschutes below the reservoir can drop by as much as...
[caption id="attachment_470" align="aligncenter" width="665"] Restoring flows in Whychus Creek and providing, pressurized, fish friendly water for farmers.Photo credit: Mathias Perle, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council[/caption]   Let me paint a picture of the summer of 1977 in Sisters, Oregon. The population...
July was hot; the hottest month on record according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Combine that with an unusually warm winter, dismally low snowpack and drought declaration in 90% of Oregon and you get some pretty unhappy...
With drought declarations now in the majority of Oregon’s 36 counties, water is top of mind. Here in the Deschutes Basin, our situation is serious, but not as grim as in some places. We benefit from a combination of water supplies....
Whychus Creek depends entirely on snowmelt for streamflow. With historically low snowpack in the Cascades this winter, water is in very short supply. State water and emergency managers have recommended a drought declaration for Deschutes County, where Whychus Creek is situated;...
Spring is finally here, but what an unusual winter! Unseasonably warm temperatures resulted in very little snowpack and an average amount of precipitation that allowed reservoirs to fill in the Upper Deschutes Basin ahead of schedule. What can we expect...
We can look forward to a higher flowing, healthier Whychus Creek this summer as a result of the latest in a series of restoration projects that have revived this Sisters creek. Once a dry creek bed in the summer months,...