The Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, which will impact the flow rates of the Deschutes River for at least three decades, passed a key hurdle as it moves through the approval process by federal regulators.
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Local irrigation districts have a plan to conserve water in the Deschutes River and protect endangered species, but environmental groups say it isn't enough
After nearly 12 years of discussions and negotiations, the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan was announced Friday, with its backers saying it will do a great deal to balance streamflows and better protect four threatened species for the next 30 years – and critics saying it does nothing of the sort and vowing to challenge it.
Nov 06, 2020 - Stateman Journal - Oregon moving into long-term cool and wet weather pattern as La Niña takes hold
Warm autumn days are about to transform into a steady barrage of either rain or chilly temperatures as more typical November and December weather arrives in force, meteorologists said.
The Opal Springs Volitional Fish Passage project was honored recently with a State Land Board Award, recognizing a longtime collaborative effort to eliminate a major fish migration barrier in the Crooked River Watershed.
When the water level in Wickiup Reservoir dropped to critical levels in August, Central Oregon’s farming community was left without a stable source of water for irrigation. It also left thousands of fish without a sufficient habitat to survive.
We know the idea of eating a bullfrog or dissections may be disgusting to some, but bullfrogs are just about worthy of a bounty. Do you want greater restrictions on waterways in Oregon? The bullfrog gobbling up Oregon spotted frogs could jump the federal government in that direction. Fight the bullfrog invasion.
An ongoing project to improve fish habitat in Whychus Creek will now be spread out over two years, due to delays caused by the September wildfires.
River flows fluctuate dramatically and unnaturally. About half the water conveyed through open ditches never gets where it was intended to go. A drought isn’t helping, either.
Oct 20, 2020 - KTVZ - Central Oregon Irrigation District breaks ground on area’s latest canal piping project
Many miles have been piped over the past several years, to make more efficient use of water. And more such projects are on the way. A big one had a formal groundbreaking Tuesday.
Central Oregon LandWatch's rivers conservation director talks about the organization's efforts to restore the Deschutes River to its historic flows
Water operations for North Unit Irrigation District have been made on a day-to-day basis due to the current drought
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little change in the number of people who came to recreate on the Deschutes River this year compared to last summer, according to a recently released report from the Bend Park & Recreation District.
The Opal Springs Volitional Fish Passage project was honored Tuesday with a State Land Board Award, recognizing a longtime collaborative effort to eliminate a major fish migration barrier in the Crooked River watershed.
Opponents of replacing open canals with pipelines in Central Oregon’s Tumalo Irrigation District have asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to halt the project.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to deny a fish passage waiver for Bowman Dam in a split 5-1 vote at their meeting Friday, after testimony from 28 people both for and against the project.
The dust is the result of persistent drought afflicting all of Central Oregon — drought that prevents farmers from planting crops on all their land, leaving wide swaths of it exposed to the elements.
Oct 06, 2020 - The Source Weekly - Murky Waters: An agreement over what to do with Mirror Pond stalls out—again
The debate over dredging Mirror Pond is it at another crossroads: Some members of the Bend Park and Recreation District board say it’s time to open up the doors for another public process to decide the fate of the pond. Others argue that many major decisions—including public funding for dredging the pond—were made in the past. No further discussion needed. Bust out the excavator.
Oct 06, 2020 - Argus Observer - Commission meets online Oct. 9 to consider fish passage waiver at Bowman Dam
During Friday’s meeting, the Commission will consider a fish passage waiver requested by the Ochoco Irrigation District at its proposed hydroelectric project to be located on Bowman Dam (near Prineville on the Crooked River).
Oct 05, 2020 - Wallowa County Chieftain - Northeast Oregon steelhead run has made it over Bonneville Dam
With most of the Grande Ronde and Imnaha steelhead now past the Bonneville Dam, an estimated 2,550 will make it past the eighth and final dam and on to home waters to spawn.