The River in the News

media Articles about the Deschutes Basin and the Deschutes River Conservancy

 

 

Jan 29, 2019 - KBND - New Coalition to Discuss Deschutes River Health

New Coalition to Discuss Deschutes River Health

A group of river-related agencies meets Tuesday to discuss a shared vision for the Deschutes. North Unit Irrigation District Director and Deschutes Basin Board of Control Manager Mike Britton says the goal is to return the river to full health for future generations, "It's a vision whereby we can work together to find solutions for the Deschutes River that benefit families, farms, and fish.

 

 

Jan 04, 2019 - Bend Bulletin - Editorial: Tumalo project a winner

Editorial: Tumalo project a winner

It won’t happen this year or next, but the Tumalo Irrigation District is well on its way to having all its canals, large and small, converted to buried pipe. When the task is complete, the district’s water users, wildlife and Tumalo and Crescent creeks, the sources of its water, will all be better off.

 

Dec 27, 2018 - Bend Bulletin - Editorial: As time passes, case for Deschutes footbridge becomes stronger

Editorial: As time passes, case for Deschutes footbridge becomes stronger

Led by the owners of riverside homes and abetted by a pair of local Republican legislators, those who oppose the construction of a pedestrian and bike bridge over the Deschutes River have, if nothing else, succeeded in generating controversy. What they’ve failed to do is translate that controversy into a bridge ban. And without that, the passage of time will work steadily in the bridge’s favor.

 

 

 

Dec 20, 2018 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: Dredging Mirror Pond is not a sound idea

Guest column: Dredging Mirror Pond is not a sound idea

Based on my knowledge of rivers, I believe Mirror Pond should not be dredged again — even if costs can be totally funded from private sources. From an ecological perspective, the most logical and practical solution to what will be a continuing pond dilemma is to return this reach of the river to its natural hydrology. By nature, the flow of rivers constantly transports sediment and organic matter downstream until particles drop out in areas where the current declines — such as in an artificially excavated pond. This fundamental fact means that deposition of sediment and the subsequent natural wetlands transition process, called eutrophication, will recur each time Mirror Pond is dredged.

 

 

 

Dec 18, 2018 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: A forever stamp, maybe not a forever river

Guest column: A forever stamp, maybe not a forever river

As this paper pointed out in a recent article, our iconic Deschutes River will be recognized on a U.S. Postal Stamp in 2019. This recognition honors the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed 50 years ago by Congress. The federal act provides protections for a river’s “Outstanding Remarkable Values,” of which the Deschutes River has many. From unique species of flora and fauna, to endangered wildlife, it provides a unique access to solitude for those that recreate along its banks.