Bill Valentine watched from the bank, his Spey rod strung, line taut as a bowstring. Matthew Mendes, our 20-year-old guide, pointed me to the next run, 10 steps farther.
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
Jan 04, 2010 - - December 24, 2009 - Bend Bulletin Promising Spring Chinook Season May Hit Deschutes
Anglers are eagerly awaiting what is projected to be the largest run of spring chinook salmon to enter the Columbia River since the construction of Bonneville Dam in the 1930s.
One word can make all the difference, especially in the complex and contentious field of water law.
Jan 04, 2010 - - November 21, 2009 - As silt gathers in Mirror Pond, Officials Unsure of Who’s in Charge of a Solutio
The dam that created Mirror Pond is also a big factor in the sediment buildup issue. The dam slows the movement of water and the sediment in it, which causes some of it to settle along the edges of the pond and build up over time. Experts also suggest that the sediment load in the Deschutes River, which is carried into Mirror Pond, is particularly high because of the rate at which water is released from Wickiup Reservoir.
State Sen. Chris Telfer, R-Bend, wants the state to drop a requirement that local irrigation districts help fish get across North Canal Dam, on Bend’s north side.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife should recognize this truth: Two small hydroelectric projects on local irrigation canals will benefit fish, not hurt them. So why punish the irrigation districts with a burdensome and unnecessary mandate?
For about a decade, the Deschutes River Conservancy, irrigation districts and water managers have been focusing on the middle stretch of the Deschutes River between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook — replacing open canals with pipes, leasing or buying water rights and doing other conservation projects to allow more water to be left in the river to improve fish habitat and water quality.
Last time Candace Baker went cross-country skiing, she had to drive up the Cascade Lakes Highway to the high-elevation Dutchman Flat Sno-park to find good snow.
A $1.7 million project that would create a safe floating passage and whitewater play area at the Colorado Avenue dam is back on the agenda this week for the Bend Park & Recreation District board.
The Deschutes River Conservancy has signed a contract with the Bureau of Reclamation to receive more than $3.6 million in federal stimulus funds over 24 months, according to the Bend-based organization.
A group of irrigation districts, tribes, and city and county governments that wants to boost its political clout on water issues in the Deschutes River Basin took the first step toward that goal Monday, when group members discussed their plans for future work.
Lawrence Martin remembers from his boyhood how Evans Creek flowed like an artery in the Rogue River Valley — a deep, cold stream that gave life to salmon, steelhead and other species.
Oct 04, 2009 - - October 2, 2009 - Bend Bulletin Region Nears Water Supply Limit, Lobbies For A Solution
The Deschutes Water Alliance, a group of regional water users, wants to avoid a growth moratorium caused by an overtaxed water supply with help from state lawmakers and Congress.
Jim Mead has set out to accomplish something monumental to help restore streamflow and improve water quality in the Deschutes River and its tributaries.
Sep 16, 2009 - - September 13, 2009 - Bend Bulletin Fish Reintroduction: The Work, The Money And The Risks
More than two dozen projects in the Whychus, Metolius and Crooked River basins are in the works to make the area more fish-friendly. The long-term goal is to eventually have about 1,000 steelhead and 1,000 chinook return each year.
Want some good news? You’ll find it in the graph above, which shows what’s been happening over the last several years in the section of the Deschutes River downstream from Bend. That’s the stretch that nearly ran dry every summer until the late 1990s.
Jul 08, 2009 - - July 3, 2009 - Bend Bulletin How We’ve Reached Where We Are On Deschutes Water Rules
A decade ago, so little water flowed in the Middle Deschutes some summer months that trout died when the shallow water warmed up.
Central Oregon may consider itself a leader in craft beer, but local officials can’t help but envy the Umatilla River Basin when it comes to another liquid.
The Deschutes River Conservancy hosts an event featuring food, fly-fishing lore, an auction, drinks, dinner and speaker Brian O’Keefe.
A central Oregon stream will have more water in the summer months thanks to a deal brokered by a group in Bend.