Spring is here, and it’s time for another assault by Central Oregon LandWatch on our supply of drinking water.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
On a Thursday morning at Drake Park, Bend Park & Recreation District landscape manager Mike Duarte fished his phone from his pocket and pulled up a screen full of tiny green icons — the irrigation system at Big Sky Park, 4 miles across town.
The city of Bend has rededicated itself to talking with environmental groups who have sued about the Bridge Creek water project.
The city of Bend and opponents of a $24 million drinking water project have agreed to seek middle ground as an alternative to a scheduled federal hearing.
Farmers and ranchers who receive water from the Three Sisters Irrigation District could be facing heavy losses this year because of unprecedented low snowpack levels.
Apr 25, 2015 - Bend Bulletin - A small irrigation district’s big idea for taking over Mirror Pond dam
If the Tumalo Irrigation District can strike a deal to take over the Mirror Pond dam, the biggest impact may not be felt in the placid waters alongside Bend’s Drake Park, but a few miles away near where Tumalo Creek meets the Deschutes River.
Even if the plan to replace the Mirror Pond dam and modify the pond floor to speed the water and deter accumulation of sediment becomes a reality, dredging will be a key part of pond maintenance for as long as the pond remains a pond.
The Bend City Council met Friday to discuss its approach to the restoration of Tumalo Creek, a tributary to the Deschutes River which loses water to the city.
“We’re up here building relationships as much as anything,” said Kelsey Wymore, a program associate with the Bend-based Deschutes River Conservancy.
The members of the Bend City Council disagree on the merits of a recent appeal challenging a $24 million city of Bend drinking water project.
The last concrete dam blocking Whychus Creek is gone, but more work remains along the creek upstream of Sisters.
Homeowners seeking to designate a 1-mile segment of the Pilot Butte Canal as a historic resource were stalled last month when Deschutes County planners chose to reject their application.
Citing preliminary evidence from a climate change model, opponents of the Bridge Creek pipeline replacement project intend to file an appeal today with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Last week in Sisters, Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) Executive Director Brad Chalfant outlined the history of Whychus Creek and what the Land Trust sees as the future for this important stream that flows through Sisters. He also took the time to discuss the role of the Land Trust in the Deschutes River Basin.
When water rises along the Deschutes River as spring nears, so will the water in a meadow just upstream of Dillon Falls near Bend.
The safe passage project at the Colorado Avenue dam on the Deschutes River entered a new phase this week, with contractors preparing to divert the full river into a narrow channel alongside Miller’s Landing Park.
The Deschutes River Trail will be closed between Slough Camp and the Dillon Falls trailhead Wednesday through Friday, while three temporary culverts are installed in a berm near Ryan Ranch, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.
The snowpack in Central Oregon is less than half of normal for this time of year, despite recent snowfall and subzero temperatures in Bend.
The Deschutes River has dropped about a foot since Friday afternoon, Bend city officials said this morning, reducing the risk of flooding for residents living near Mirror Pond.
Ice began to break and crack on the surface of the Deschutes River on Friday after subzero temperatures this week froze parts of the river between the Colorado and Galveston Avenue bridges and near Drake Park.