Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
Central Oregon’s current drought conditions, coupled with a lower-than-average snowpack forecast this winter, has understandably fueled concerns for those of us who value the rivers and streams of the Deschutes Basin.
Once upon a time there, were lots of salmon, steelhead and trout in the Deschutes River system. What happened?
BEND, Ore. - The Deschutes National Forest plans to start a project to restore the Ryan Ranch floodplain near Dillon Falls next Tuesday, if conditions remain favorable.
The Oregon Water Resources Commission has approved $5.3 million in grant funding for conservation projects across the state, including a Tumalo Irrigation District canal-piping project.
Most of the projects focus on improving water conveyance systems, such as replacing open canals with pipes, as well as improving the function of water storage and diversion structures.
It could be a tough winter for redband trout and other fish living in the Crooked River, thanks to a decision to hold more water in Prineville Reservoir Earlier this fall, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that it planned to release 50 cubic feet of water per second from Bowman Dam, a 57-year-old dam on the Crooked River that forms Prineville Reservoir.
Dredging Mirror Pond is a sensible use of city and park district money, yet leaders of both entities have bickered for months about how to divvy up the nearly $7 million bill.
Mirror Pond stakeholders agreed Friday that a fish ladder could ease environmentalists’ concerns about removing silt from the pond — but they don’t know how to pay for the fish-friendly structure, or the roughly $6.7 million cost of dredging.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, will reduce fish and wildlife winter flows from Wickiup and Haystack dams as appropriate for dive inspections of the dams on Saturday.
Oregon is home to a number of iconic rivers, from the Deschutes and Metolius rivers in Central Oregon to gems like the North Umpqua and the Rogue. These rivers provide clean drinking water, fish and wildlife habitat and amazing recreational opportunities. As we celebrate the 50th birthday of one of our most important river conservation tools, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, it’s a good time to ask if we ought to be celebrating or worrying about our rivers.
Oregon is known by many as a wet place, with persistent rain and forests enveloped in fog. This year is different. In a matter of just six weeks over the summer, one-third of Oregon was instead enveloped by extreme drought.
As winter approaches, the evidence suggesting another low-snow year for Central Oregon and much of the Pacific Northwest is mounting.
Declining water levels at Wickiup Reservoir have shattered records and prompted concerns from irrigation districts and farmers, and the receding water has exposed another problem: decades of old motors, aluminum cans, unwanted couches and other trash that has accumulated at the bottom of the reservoir.
On Sept. 24, The Bulletin posted this article: “Drought marks one of Central Oregon’s warmest summers.” The article reported: “(last) Saturday marked the formal transition to fall, officially ending one of the hottest and driest summers in Central Oregon history.”
On Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) announced he helped secure nearly $30 million in funding for the Tumalo Irrigation District, as part of the District’s watershed plan to improve water conservation, delivery reliability and public safety through canal piping.
Oregon Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley took credit this week for securing nearly $30 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pay for piping in the Tumalo Irrigation District system. The pipes will replace about 70 miles of inefficient open-air canals.
It might look idyllic on its surface, but downtown Bend's iconic body of water remains embroiled in controversy about dredging the sediment underneath, who should pay for it and when and where its stakeholders can meet about it.
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., announced Tuesday nearly $30 million of U.S. Department of Agriculture funding for the Tumalo Irrigation District to pipe more than 68 miles of its canals and laterals to improve water conservation, water delivery reliability and public safety.
Advancements in irrigation efficiency are on the horizon for farmers and ranchers in the Swalley Irrigation District, pending completion of a federal environmental planning process that began two years ago on a project to pipe more than 16 miles of canals and laterals, a federal agency said Monday.
Saturday marked the formal transition to fall, officially ending one of the hottest and driest summers in Central Oregon history.