The Deschutes County Commission has approved an additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investment of $1.45 million for an On-Farm Efficiency Water Conservation Investment project. “The money couldn’t come at a better time as Central Oregon endures another year of extreme drought,” Fitzpatrick concluded. “Impacts are being felt in every stream and every irrigation district throughout the Deschutes Basin.”
Despite extreme and persistent drought conditions this summer, all eight irrigation districts belonging to the DBBC remain firmly committed to implementing the conservation measures outlined in the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan.
Senator Merkley was able to use his position on the Senate Energy & Water Appropriations Subcommittee to protect funding for the WaterSMART program, which is used in Central Oregon to help support water conservation projects like large canal piping and the development of a water marketing strategy.
Oregon’s Senator Merkley won support in the Senate agriculture funding legislation for family farms, rural housing, habitat restoration, and wildfire smoke recovery. This includes $750K for DRC’s McKay Creek Project and $4.8M for projects benefiting Crooked River flow restoration.
Jacob is our new Project Manager. Prior to joining the DRC, Jacob earned a BS in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics along with a BA in Economics from Colorado State University in 2016. Jacob also earned a JD from Lewis & Clark Law school in 2021 with a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resource Law.
Dani joins the DRC as our Programs Director. For the past 10 years, Dani has been working independently, conducting restoration projects, performing watershed assessments, leading trainings for professionals, guiding municipalities and non-profits through water quality challenges, and generally trying to spend as much time on the rivers as possible!
“We’ll miss Natasha dearly. She has been an invaluable part of this organization. We look forward to continuing to work with her in her leadership role at the land trust.,” said Kate Fitzpatrick, DRC Executive Director.
After 45 years, salmon and steelhead have finally returned to the Deschutes Basin. When the Round Butte Dam was built in the 1960’s, passage for migrating fish failed. Since then, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and PGE have partnered to bring them back into the basin.