Trout Unlimited, a national conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s cold-water fisheries and watersheds, announced Tuesday that it has awarded its 2011 annual meeting to Bend. The meeting will be held Sept. 14-17.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
If Bend wants to continue taking much of its water supply from Bridge Creek over the next several decades, city councilors will have to weigh a number of options for how to do so, each one with a different cost and impact on ratepayers.
The Three Sisters Irrigation District dam across Whychus Creek posed a problem. With a 5-foot drop, it created a significant obstacle to fish in the river, preventing redband trout in downstream sections from traveling upstream. And the upstream fish were at risk of being swept into the irrigation district’s canal.
How to best tackle the controversial task of protecting groundwater in southern Deschutes county was the question on the table Thursday night in La Pine.
Times are tough, the economy is a mess, but voters can't restore this state by crippling long-term funding for the things they love most about Oregon
When we planned the fishing trip, it was 95 degrees in Bend. When we arrived, on a Saturday a few weeks ago, it was 47.
Sep 09, 2010 - - September 9, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Bend water project could threaten Tumalo Creek, middle Deschutes
As cities plan to provide infrastructure for growing populations, they usually take a variety of factors into account. Not only do they strive to meet projected demands for services, they most always strive to provide cost-effective solutions, improve underlying conditions for economic development, and protect the surrounding landscape from unnecessary harm.
At the surface there is tension, two worlds in suspension. Between the water and the sky there is a skating fly.
Sep 07, 2010 - - Septermber 6, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Irrigators uneasy as Wickiup Reservoir dwindles
With Wickiup Reservoir less than a quarter full, irrigation managers in Central Oregon are concerned about what effect that might have on next summer’s water availability for some farmers and ranchers.
One wildfire broke out in Central Oregon Thursday, while progress on the White Lightning Fire near Maupin will allow for the reopening of the Deschutes River this morning.
Were horror master Stephen King to apply his talents to Bend’s proposed surface water project, he couldn’t choose two more frightening words than “complexity” and “uncertainty.” Both words figure prominently in an Aug. 16 memorandum to city councilors from Bend’s finance director, who describes some of the “complex financial considerations” that will affect the project. Compounding the complexity is the “uncertainty of ... funding” needed to mitigate rate hikes for city water users.
As the evening sun sank slowly behind the pine forest, fish were rising along the marshy riverbanks as far as the eye could see. One finally rose to my dry fly, and I pulled back with a fierce hook-set. Too strong. The fish were small, and I pulled the hook right out of this one’s mouth.
A major piece of the Deschutes Paddle Trail is finalized with the implementation of 30 informational kiosks at various Cascade lakes
The power company expressed interest in the site more than a year ago but faces one main hurdle: The area is currently protected by the federal Wild and Scenic River designation.
Aug 31, 2010 - - August 10, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Biologists to sample fish population on Middle Deschutes
Biologists from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are scheduled to survey fish populations on sections of the Middle Deschutes, beginning today and running through Friday.
Above-average temperatures on the Lower Deschutes this summer have steelhead anglers concerned about the quality of fishing on the river and the overall health of its hard-fighting, oceangoing rainbow trout.
New viewing platforms placed near Whychus Creek and the Metolius River, as well as an improved road up to the Black Butte Trailhead, are among the improvements recommended in U.S. Forest Service proposals for recreation sites in the Sisters area.
A power company is proposing to build a 210-mile, 500-kilovolt transmission line from Salem to Boardman, crossing the Cascades, Warm Springs Reservation, Deschutes River and John Day River along the way.
The Deschutes National Forest has approved a plan for the Whychus Creek Wild and Scenic River, setting a list of priorities for restoring the creek to a more natural state and making it more fish-friendly for returning runs of salmonand steelhead.
As the city of Bend works on its plans for a $71 million upgrade to its water system, some conservation groups are keeping an eye on what the changes could mean for the health of Tumalo Creek and its watershed.