The controversy concerning the future of Bend’s water supply is critical to everyone in the area. Surprisingly, for something of this significance, very few people are aware of the real issues.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
Fish advocates and farmers say there is enough water to go around for all users on the Crooked River. So why can’t they figure out how to share it?
Experts in fields ranging from natural resources economics to engineering debated the potential impacts of the city of Bend’s $58 million to $78 million reconstruction of its Bridge Creek water system Monday night during a forum at the Oregon State University-Cascades campus.
Feb 23, 2011 - - January 10, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Bend plans to raise fees for water and sewer services
The city of Bend has a list of more than $200 million in transportation, water and sewer improvements it would like to undertake over the next five years to either upgrade its current network of infrastructure or simply repair and maintain it.
Feb 23, 2011 - - January 26, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - City Council investing in cost-saving water study
City of Bend officials hope an $82,000 investment they make today will result in some cost savings in the future on a $58 million to $73 million reconstruction of the Bridge Creek water system.
A second new exhibit will open quietly Saturday at the High Desert Museum. While no butterflies will flutter or hawks swoop through the space, it still tells an important story.
The Bend Park & Recreation District has discovered a potential obstacle in its effort to modify the Colorado Avenue dam, where a woman died five years ago.
Waist deep in the murky water, Skip Paznokas braced himself with his wading stick as the Crooked River flowed around him.
Feb 22, 2011 - - February 22, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Delay in water rate increase has cost city $90K
A delayed water rate increase in Sisters has cost the city about $90,000 in lost revenues.
Water in the city of Prineville is a precious commodity due to minimal water below the city’s surface, but officials are working on plans to improve the hand they were dealt in the dry caldera basin.
Feb 09, 2011 - - February 9, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Wilderness, Wild and Scenic designations are important
The headline is as paradoxical as the line of argument. The Bulletin's Jan. 18 editorial, “A Wild and Scenic burden for state,” purports that protected rivers, pristine wilderness, and public lands safeguarded for “recreation” are bad for our region.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing more strict rules about the amount of more than 100 toxic chemicals that can be released into waters of the state, which could impact a handful of cities like Prineville as well as agricultural or forestry operations in the future
Feb 09, 2011 - - February 5, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Bend’s little water project has big costs for ratepayers, fish
Bend’s $58 million surface water project is actually quite small. Providing just 7.6 million gallons per day (mgd) of reliable capacity, the project will hardly dent Bend’s long-term demands, which will be supplied almost entirely by wells in any event.
Feb 09, 2011 - - February 1, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Irrigators say USFS needs water right for wetland revitalization
A proposal to create a wetland just south of Dillon Falls along the Deschutes River Trail has caused the U.S. Forest Service, irrigation districts and the Oregon Water Resources Department to examine how much water the project would consume, and whether the federal agency needs to purchase water rights to move forward.
The snowpack in the Upper Deschutes and Crooked River basins started strong but has fallen below average thanks to a warm January.
Unless someone else pays for it, the city of Bend seems poised to delay adding a $13 million hydropower plant to a $58 million reconstruction of its Bridge Creek water system that aims to replace aging infrastructure and meet federal mandates.
Jan 19, 2011 - - January 19, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Bend water issues to be debated, explained at forums
A $58 million to $73 million reconstruction of Bend's Bridge Creek water system will undergo some additional scrutiny over the next week as opponents of the project, city officials and various experts dissect and analyze the merits of the overhaul during two upcoming public forums.
Jan 12, 2011 - - December 28, 2010 - Sisters Nugget - Preserve will help create steelhead stronghold
Some 450 acres along Whychus Creek northeast of Sisters will be preserved as prime habitat for steelhead reintroduction.
The city of Bend could face enforcement action from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality if officials here can't fix a glitch in the municipal water system that occasionally dumps large amounts of sediment into Tumalo Creek.
Jan 06, 2011 - - January 6, 2011 - Bend Bulletin - Restoring river’s path might be best Mirror Pond solution
It’s no surprise, really: The Bend community remains mired in the muck over how to pay for the dredging of Mirror Pond (“Fixing Mirror Pond demands a new look, officials say,” The Bulletin, Dec. 26).