A Bend company plans to build a 5-megawatt hydroelectric facility on the North Unit Irrigation District's main canal in Jefferson County and sell the electricity it generates.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
A $250,000 state lottery grant awarded to the Bend park district this week will boost plans for a new riverfront park just north of Colorado Avenue in Bend.
With the activation of a new fish transfer facility in April at the Round Butte Dam on Lake Billy Chinook, temperatures on portions of the Lower Deschutes River are up 2 to 5 degrees over the historical average.
A week into summer, the cool and wet spring weather has turned warm and sunny. But hikers venturing out on mountain trails might run into slushy obstacles.
Anglers who want to fish the salmonfly hatch on the Lower Deschutes should get on the river soon.
Twelve years ago, an overwhelming majority of voters approved a constitutional amendment dedicating 15 percent of lottery revenue to state parks and watershed enhancement efforts. But the funding provision isn’t permanent. It will disappear in 2015 unless voters renew it. The Legislature is obligated to put the question on the ballot in November 2014.
Squinting into the sun Saturday morning, Ken Bicart surveyed the flotilla of inflatable crafts edging into the current of the Deschutes River at Riverbend Park, and tried to get a little betting action going.
At Race for the River, a new event the conservancy will hold Aug. 7, the mission is fun.
The Deschutes River Conservancy will host Race for the River, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 7.
Brad Wymore had it down to a science. At a fish sorting facility Thursday morning at Lake Billy Chinook, he scooped up a net's worth of young salmon and slipped them into a tub of water and anesthesia.
May 27, 2010 - - April 8, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - It's bad weather for drivers, but to area irrigators
With forecasts calling for even more snow in the Central Cascades through early next week, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Wednesday it would extend the studded tire deadline again, now until April 17, to help drivers deal with potentially difficult conditions.
Irrigation districts in the region were busy this past winter. While the water was shut off for the season, the Central Oregon Irrigation District, Three Sisters Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District have replaced a little less than a dozen miles of open canals with buried pipe.
The Deschutes River Conservancy believes that restoring streamflow through canal piping is vital to addressing the long-term health of our local rivers and streams.
While the snowpack in the Cascades finished the winter below average in size, a cool and wet spring has helped to minimize some of the water-related problems that officials earlier predicted for irrigators, fish and fire managers.
This is likely to be the summer that shows just how valuable it is to pipe irrigation water in these parts. With the water content of the Cascades snowpack running at less than 60 percent of normal, irrigation districts could be hard pressed to supply all the water local irrigators need.
Mar 28, 2010 - - March 24, 2010 - The Source Weekly - Mission Critical: A Mislabeled Fish Species Might Be The Best C
For an apex predator that can grow up to 20 pounds or more, range over hundreds of miles and has been called the river wolf, the bull trout has had a tough time of it.
Irrigation districts say it conserves water and money, but as century-old waterways are enclosed in pipe, some landowners are doing all they can to prevent it. This, in turn, doesn't sit too well with their farming neighbors.
Mar 28, 2010 - - March 27, 2010 - Bend Bulletin - Deschutes County May Face Water Troubles By Next Year
Because of low precipitation in the Klamath Basin, Gov. Ted Kulongoski has declared a state of drought emergency in six Oregon counties, including Deschutes, and the federal government has agreed to allow some leniency to irrigators in the Klamath basin, but water officials here say the area won’t suffer as much as Klamath, at least not this summer
Low flows in the Deschutes River have exposed mud in Mirror Pond and boulders across from McKay Park, but water officials say the river level should be back up by the weekend. Still, the relatively dry winter and thin snowpack could lead to a difficult summer for fish, farmers and others dependent on water flows.
The fish and water intake tower at Round Butte Dam is designed so that fish following water currents toward the Pacific Ocean will be drawn into an underwater structure, sorted and marked. Crews will then drive them around the Round Butte, Pelton and Reregulating dams for release into the Lower Deschutes. ... get sorted by size so the smaller ones don’t get eaten ...