A decade and more than $100 million in the making, a major step in reviving Deschutes River salmon and steelhead could happen next year: Adult fish spawning in waters upstream of the Pelton Round Butte dam complex.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
As a lifelong resident of Crook County and patron of Ochoco Irrigation District, I support Rep. Greg Walden’s bill, HR 2060, the “Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act.”
Nov 28, 2011 - - November 2, 2011 - The Source Weekly - Time for a Second Look at Surface Water Project
I recently read with interest your article about the City of Bend’s proposed Surface Water Improvement Project (SWIP.)
For more than 40 years, the Upper Deschutes habitat was closed to steelhead, spring Chinook and sockeye. The first adult salmon of one of the most ambitious reintroduction efforts in U.S. history are now returning to Pelton Round Butte Dam.
Whychus Creek will soon be back where it belongs: meandering through Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.
Nov 21, 2011 - - November 11, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Ex-mayors join forces with foes of Bend water project
Standing next to a bathroom sink in the parking lot of Bend City Hall on Thursday, seven former mayors unfurled a list of 1,000 people who signed a petition opposing the $68.2 million reconstruction of the Bridge Creek water system.
A Bend-based company has received a $7.2 million federal loan guarantee for a project to generate 3 to 3.5 megawatts of electricity with water flowing through an irrigation canal in Jefferson County, the U.S. Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.
SISTERS — For the second time in three years, heavy machinery is rumbling through a serene meadow northeast of Sisters for the sake of salmon and steelhead.
For anglers looking to land a silvery steelhead or a hefty chinook salmon, this is the time of year to fish the Lower Deschutes — and it just might be a good year.
Oct 24, 2011 - - October 20, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Mirror Pond tax district is floated as funds dry up for silt st
It might take a new — and possibly permanent — tax to prevent Bend’s 101-year-old Mirror Pond from becoming speckled with mud flats.
Dozens of Bend residents turned out at an open house Thursday, taking an opportunity to weigh in on plans for the city's next riverfront park.
Here is the weekly fishing report for selected areas in and around Central Oregon, provided by fisheries biologists for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife:
An open house was held for community members Tuesday night at the Bend City Council chambers to discuss the city's controversial, $70 million Surface Water Improvement Project.
The city and the Three Sisters Irrigation District (TSID) expect to finalize an agreement Thursday night that will include putting the water from the historic "Uncle John" ditch in a pressurized pipe, installing 600 feet of mainline pipe for the city, and preserve a cherished 'water feature' at the "Little Bridge" on the Peterson Ridge Trail (PRT).
Oct 11, 2011 - - September 22, 2011 - The Oregonian - Lower Deschutes River continues an amazing fishing season
It's been a big year on the lower Deschutes River, with lots of surprises.
Oct 11, 2011 - - September 3, 2011 - The Oregonian - Deschutes River fires up summer steelhead anglers
While crews struggled to contain a gnarly blaze blackening tens of thousands of acres and closing an entire section of the river upstream, the lower Deschutes lit up literally and figuratively the past few weeks. A monster run of summer steelhead has detoured into its cool water, finding haven beneath billowing clouds of smoke and the summer-heated Columbia River.
In Bend, we are blessed with an abundant supply of some of the finest drinking water in the United States. Our water comes from two sources: yearly, about half from groundwater, pumped to the surface with wells; and about half from Bridge Creek, originating from springs high up in the Cascades.
Bend will need more clean water. Where should it come from? The city has looked at options — upgrading piping, adding treatment and hydropower to its facility at Bridge Creek or drilling more wells. The city picked Bridge Creek.
Sep 28, 2011 - - September 27, 2010 - DRC News - Northwest Water organization take a lesson from Down Under
Did you know there are organizations similar to the DRC throughout the Northwest who are working collaboratively in their communities to restore streamflow in tributary streams and rivers of the Columbia Basin?
Sep 28, 2011 - - September 28, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Water project critics balk at Bend city manager's approach
A recent phone call from Bend City Manager Eric King to the head of the Deschutes River Conservancy to talk about the city's Bridge Creek water project has raised the suspicions of some of the project's critics.