Water Leasing Program supporting the Middle Deschutes River Receives 10-Year Pledge of Support

The Deschutes River Joins a List of U.S. Rivers to Receive Funding through Intel’s Commitment to Restore 100% of Global Water Use by 2025

The Deschutes River Conservancy’s (DRC) Water Leasing Program has just secured funding from Intel Corporation that will be used to protect 81 million gallons per year in the Middle Deschutes River (downstream from Bend, Oregon) during the peak-summer irrigation season. For over 100 years, summer flows and water temperatures in the Middle Deschutes have been heavily impacted by upstream irrigation diversions during the hot summer months.

The Deschutes River Conservancy’s Water Leasing Program restores over 14 billion gallons of water per year (60 cubic feet per second) to the Deschutes River Basin, and 30% of the summer flows in the Middle Deschutes. Intel’s generous long-term commitment will help the Deschutes River Conservancy move closer to its instream restoration goal of 250 cubic feet per second.

Water is essential to manufacturing semiconductors at Intel and over the last two decades the corporation has conserved billions of gallons of water and returned approximately 80% of their water use back to their communities through sustainable water management efforts, investments and partnerships. Now with a broader focus, Intel is working toward restoring 100% of its global water use by 2025.

In addition to the Deschutes River, Intel is supporting conservation groups working on the Price River (Utah), Lower Salt River (Arizona), Verde River (Arizona), Willamette River (Oregon), Tualatin River (Oregon), Colorado River (Utah), and the Rio Grande (Colorado & New Mexico).  Additionally the program is supporting the restoration of critical habitat for migratory birds in Central Valley, California.

“We are proud to support the Deschutes River Conservancy in their important work restoring the Deschutes River Basin. Their passion and expertise are helping to provide lasting and impactful benefits to our ecosystem and preserve the natural beauty of Oregon’s rivers.” – Fawn Bergen, Global Water Stewardship Manager, Intel Corporation

“The Deschutes River Conservancy is very excited about this new partnership with Intel Corporation and about their commitment to corporate sustainability. Secure funding over multiple years is essential to the long term sustainability of the DRC’s water leasing program and to the Deschutes River. ” – Genevieve Hubert, Program Manager, Deschutes River Conservancy

About the Deschutes River Conservancy:  Twenty-three years ago, the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) formed with a mission to restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River Basin. The DRC specializes in programs and projects that employ voluntary, market-based incentives to restore flows. The DRC is non-litigious and serves as leaders and facilitators of basin-wide water management conversations. The board is comprised of key private and public stakeholders in the basin. The organization has worked with eight irrigation districts and over 200 landowners to restore over 200 cubic feet per second of streamflow to the basin’s rivers and streams.

About Intel in Oregon: Since establishing operations in the state in 1974, Intel has invested more than $40 billion in Oregon to develop advanced high-tech manufacturing capacity. With 20,000 employees across four campuses west of Portland in Washington County, Intel develops and manufactures microprocessors that power data centers and hundreds of millions of smart and connected devices worldwide.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30th, 2019
Contact: Gen Hubert, 541-382-4077 x16

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