Rocks and logs appeared in stretches of the Upper Deschutes River, and Mirror Pond started looking more like a mud flat, as water managers have dialed down the flow of the river for the winter.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
On Nov. 3, as city councilors prepared to make a potentially historic decision to approve one of Bend’s largest-ever infrastructure projects — one that could cost up to $73 million — John Maxwell stood before them to defend his company.
Nov 22, 2010 - - November 20, 2010 - The Oregonian - Oregon companies find growth in restoring forests
As workers with J & S Trucking reconstructed a section of Whychus Creek this fall, placing logs in the banks and boulders in the creek bed to create fish habitat, the work was a far cry from what the company was doing a decade ago.
These are heady times for anyone interested in saving water and bringing back salmon fisheries to the streams and rivers of the Northwest. In Central Oregon their are so many water conservation groups they might step all over each other; but the best part is, they're coordinated, and instead of competing, it's like a beautiful dance, and the winners are salmon and us.
Bend’s councilors were in a great hurry several years ago when they launched the city’s public transit system. Taxpayers had said on multiple occasions that they didn’t want it, but councilors knew what was best and, besides, had tired of public debate. So they took the plunge.
Nov 22, 2010 - - November 12, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Bend Mulls purification options for city's water
City of Bend water customers should soon get a glimpse of how much their monthly bills will increase over the next several years as a result of a planned $73 million upgrade to the Bridge Creek water system.
The U.S. Forest Service is drafting a plan to flood Ryan Ranch Meadow along the Deschutes River Trail in order to create a wetland habitat similar to what the site was historically. But a group of residents is criticizing the plan, expressing concerns that the project would draw in more mosquitoes, damage elk habitat and result in an area that doesn’t work as a wetland should.
Brian O'Keefe and Todd Moen of Catch Magazine will present Steelhead Film Night, an evening of fly-fishing films and photos from around the globe, tonight at McMenamins Old St. Francis School, located at 700 N.W. Bond St., in downtown Bend.
The slow trickle-down effect of "stimulus" funds has finally brought American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars to Sisters. And along with the money came a few forest jobs that politicians were hyping during the past mid-term elections.
What have you done for your local parks, rivers and wildlife recently? Not much opportunity to help? Here’s a perfect chance for you to do something truly meaningful for these things we all cherish. In November, you can vote “yes” on Measure 76.
Bend city councilors gave their support to a multimillion-dollar upgrade to the city’s Bridge Creek water system that could increase rates for customers by 37 to 45 percent over the next five years.
Skepticism over a $73 million proposal to upgrade Bend’s Bridge Creek water system has brought together a diverse group of businessmen and conservationists who aren’t sure the project is the best for ratepayers, economic development or the Deschutes River watershed.
The steelhead run on the Lower Deschutes this year will not match last year's record-setting number, but anglers should still find good fishing on the river well into November, according to fish biologists.
Oct 22, 2010 - - October 21, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Dam bypass is working, but what's next for fish?
This year, about 100,000 chinook, sockeye and steelhead swam into the large fish collection facility at Round Butte Dam on Lake Billy Chinook.
A stretch of the Metolius River will be closed to the public later this month due to a habitat restoration project that will involve a helicopter placing trees in the water, according to a news release from the Deschutes National Forest.
When Prineville’s new wastewater treatment plant is complete, City Engineer Eric Klann believes it will not only treat the city’s waste but also help attract new businesses to the area and serve as a recreational destination for people from around the region.
Oct 11, 2010 - - September 30, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Ballot Measure 76 will extend funding for parks, wildlife
This November, Oregonians will vote on Measure 76 — a ballot measure that seeks to continue Oregon’s lottery funding for clean water, healthy rivers, parks, outdoor education and economic vitality.
Nobody ever regrets saving land for parks. Yet, ironically, many parks face stiff opposition before they are created. Anyone who has watched Ken Burns’ “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” has seen how many national parks faced such opposition.
Bend City Councilors are poised to make a decision on whether to continue pursuing a $73 million overhaul of the Bridge Creek water system within the next several weeks.
The Bureau of Reclamation recently approved $600,000 in federal funding for water supply studies in Idaho and Oregon.