Scientists say the toxins causing Salem’s ongoing water crisis are becoming more common and longer-lasting across Oregon’s reservoirs.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
Jun 09, 2018 - Bend Bulletin - In Deschutes River zone, property rights vs protecting the river is a balancing act
The city’s planning commission is expected to decide Monday whether the Haworths can keep their turf lawn.
A stretch of the Pilot Butte Canal near Juniper Ridge will be getting more protection than some nearby homeowners ever wanted. Central Oregon Irrigation District plans to pipe around it.
Plans to dredge Mirror Pond on the Deschutes River continue to inch forward. The city of Bend has named three councilors to a work group that will collect information and report back to the full council with what they learn.
The Three Sisters Irrigation District will, by 2020, accomplish something similar districts in the region can only dream about. It will have piped every inch of its 64-mile delivery system and, in the process, provided something good to just about everyone.
A coalition of agencies, business partners, and community volunteers is kicking off a new "Enjoy, Protect, Respect" public awareness campaign to enhance river stewardship on the Deschutes River.
Deschutes County leaders have made it a priority to re-evaluate state and local laws that prohibit development on land designated for farming but that can’t realistically be used for agriculture.
Proponents of tacking a historic designation onto a section of a Central Oregon Irrigation District canal are back.
A private group hopes to start dredging Mirror Pond in July, but one of the men who own the land under the pond acknowledged that it’s a “long shot” that anything will happen this summer.
By Yancy Lind
There are benefits to piping, including stopping the loss of water due to seepage and delivering pressurized water, but there are issues, as well.
BY BARRY BUSHUE
In the April 10 guest column entitled, “Deschutes should not be damaged for personal profit,” George Wuerthner suggested that Central Oregon’s water woes would be solved if the state would only force farm and ranch families to stop using water for agriculture.
BY GAIL SNYDER
The Deschutes River is in crisis. A hundred years ago, the river was dammed and diverted in order to irrigate the desert and entice settlers to Oregon.
Susan Luckey Higdon’s May exhibit at Tumalo Art Co., 450 SW Powerhouse Drive, in Bend, features her signature art for “Magic on the Upper Deschutes,” a 60-by-30-inch acrylic painting for Deschutes River Conservancy’s 2018 RiverFeast event.
The group that wants to dredge Mirror Pond has permits in hand and a July start date in mind, but it could have a hard time getting the city of Bend and the Bend Park & Recreation District to help foot the bill for the project.
With parks along the banks of the Deschutes River at risk of being trampled, the Bend Park & Recreation District and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council are working to restore and protect fragile habitat.
Where does the water go, and how do we conserve it?
One of Central Oregon’s most ambitious canal piping projects to date, which could ultimately conserve nearly 5 billion gallons of water per year, is moving forward in Tumalo.
By Herb Blank
George Wuerthner in his recent guest column poses a philosophical question: Why should anyone have the “right” to damage and impoverish public waterways for their personal profit?
Today, the Deschutes River is a ubiquitous part of life in Central Oregon, providing the region with drinking water, recreational opportunities and wildlife habitat — not to mention the name of its oldest craft brewery.
Advancements in irrigation efficiency are on the horizon for farmers and ranchers in the Tumalo Irrigation District, pending completion of a federal environmental planning process that began last summer.