Water and River News Updates

Collected and curated media Articles about the water and rivers in the western united states

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 29, 2020 - Sisters Nugget - Fires postpone Whychus Creek dam removal

Fires postpone Whychus Creek dam removal

Restoring Whychus Creek as a healthy waterway has taken many years, multiple funding sources, and teamwork. The removal of the last dam and fish passage barrier will help support reintroduction of Chinook and steelhead, which started in Whychus Creek in 2007. Efforts are helping transform the once-dammed and over-stressed water system into a life-giving, vital flow of clean, hospitable water able to support a diverse habitat.

 

 

 

 

Sep 19, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Steelhead season set to peak on Lower Deschutes

Steelhead season set to peak on Lower Deschutes

“The Deschutes is probably one of the best places in the West to fly-fish for steelhead,” said Rod French, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist based in The Dalles. “Just from the nature of the river, the desert environment, the run timing, and water conditions when fish are present. But you need to be persistent to catch them.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 02, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest Column: Irrigator water shortages: Who is to blame?

Guest Column: Irrigator water shortages: Who is to blame?

As reported by The Bulletin on Aug. 28th, Lone Pine Irrigation District is the latest local district to run out of water to deliver to their patrons. This is terrible news; no one wants to see farmers losing their livelihoods. Water is a complicated topic in Central Oregon with many factors contributing to the shortage. Unfortunately, rather than addressing the real issues, Terry Smith, chairman of the board for LPID, places the blame on the Endangered Species Act.

 

Sep 01, 2020 - Sisters Nugget - City has a vision for Lazy Z land

City has a vision for Lazy Z land

To that end, the City has issued a request for proposal for a Lazy Z Master Plan (see sidebar) that will identify and evaluate effluent irrigation options for the portion of the property suitable for that purpose, and evaluate open space park concepts and a highway view corridor for the rest of the property.

 

 

 

Aug 21, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: Farms are on the brink of collapse

Guest column: Farms are on the brink of collapse

Farmers in Jefferson County find themselves in an analogous position to other businesses in Bend, Portland and throughout the state. Lack of water for crops, this year and last, has caused them to leave 30% to 40% of their fields unplanted, much like a brick -and -mortar shop closing its doors for months on end.