“The Deschutes River Conservancy has shown itself time and again to be an essential piece of Central Oregon’s commitment to water quality and conservation for communities,” Wyden said. “This legislation would build upon the Conservancy’s strong legacy with federal support to help its vital work with rivers and tributaries continue for years to come.”
Funding for the Deschutes River Conservancy was included in a $20.5 million package for a suite of 13 drought resiliency projects in five Western states. The Deschutes Basin was the only project site to be selected in Oregon.
The 42 annual Central Oregon Farm Fair at Jefferson County Fairgrounds (Feb. 3 & 4) was well attended by farmers seeking information about their water supply for the coming year, programs to improve conservation practices, reports on crop research, and re-certifications for safe use of on-farm chemicals. Here are our takeaways from the two days of seminars and discussions.
Kate Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy, talks with Source Publisher Aaron Switzer about the new water bank pilot project for the North Unit Irrigation District, which allows farmers to obtain water from other water rights holders.
The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC), in partnership with Central Oregon Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District, is launching the 2022 Deschutes Water Bank Pilot Program. The program is a local, flexible, and voluntary water management tool, which allows for the easier movement of water to meet farmer and river needs in times of scarcity.
Deschutes Land Trust and Deschutes River Conservancy Partner to Boost Water Flows in Whychus Creek ›
The Deschutes River Conservancy and Deschutes Land Trust announced today a water rights transfer that will help return more water to Whychus Creek, providing a buffer for future drought years.
It was a great day in the field observing the importance of restoring flows in the Upper Deschutes with DRC staff and our partner at the US Forest Service. Observing the current conditions and the impacts of more than 70 years of modified river flows reinforces the importance of restoring flows in the Upper Deschutes.
Bend businesses have contributed to the lease program over time, and other corporations have invested through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation.
DRC staff joined our partners at the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council (UDWC) on a beautiful fall day for a tour of the recently restored reaches of Whychus Creek.