A three-year-long study of the Upper Deschutes is nearing completion. Here's what two local river advocates think so far
Articles that have appeared in the media about the Deschutes Basin and
the Deschutes River Conservancy.
Making sure the Deschutes River can be a sustainable resource for the Central Oregon community is something that has become increasingly important for communities and the environment.
A 31-mile tributary in a remote part of Eastern Oregon could carry lessons about managing water in the Deschutes Basin.
For those keeping score on this year’s legislative session, check a win for hikers and bikers who want a bridge to easily access Forest Service trails near Bend.
The Deschutes River is such a beauty it can be easy to forget it has serious problems. A leading one is that water in the river basin is not in the right place at the right time for people, farming and wildlife.
And many anglers will flock to the falls again this spring, as the Lower Deschutes — from Sherars Falls downstream to the mouth at the Columbia River — will be open to spring chinook fishing from April 15 to June 30, according to French, a fisheries biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in The Dalles.
Stickleback could be ‘canary in a coal mine’ on pollutants
Feb 16, 2018 - The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin - NOAA: Three Month Climate Outlook For Basin Shows All Of Oregon ‘Abnormally Dry’
While much of the Columbia River basin states had above-average precipitation in January, Oregon and southern Idaho were “abnormally dry” for the month, and those conditions are expected to continue in Oregon through May, according to the NOAA Climate Prediction Center.
Feb 16, 2018 - The Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife News Bulletin - By The Numbers:Trapping,Transporting Salmonids In Reintroduction Efforts In Blocked Upper Deschutes
Portland General Electric biologists are continuing to transport salmon and steelhead adults trapped downstream of the Pelton Round Butte Complex of dams on the Deschutes River and transporting them up into Lake Billy Chinook in their efforts to reintroduce the fish to blocked areas in the upper Deschutes basin.
Bill to bar pedestrian span on Deschutes River clears its first committee
A bill allowing water transfers among Oregon storage reservoirs has been shelved during this short legislative session.
Farmers in Central Oregon could take a hit because of low snowpack levels in the Cascades.
Central Oregon shouldn’t slow down a minute on piping irrigation canals. Piping keeps more water in the Deschutes River.
Efforts to gain a historic designation for another section of Central Oregon irrigation canal appears to have suffered a fatal blow. That’s the right result for the right reasons.
In an effort provide for more reliable flows on the Deschutes River, the federal Bureau of Reclamation said Friday it has entered into an agreement on a southwest Bend canal-piping project with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Central Oregon Irrigation District and other entities.
A $10.7 million project is coming to the Crooked River, designed to help the region’s salmon and steelhead populations traverse the river more effectively.
Nov 30, 2017 - The Source Weekly - GUEST EDITORIAL: Pursuing a better future for the Deschutes River
Although the debates surrounding Mirror Pond have dragged on for years, there are now two actionable proposals on the table: the Bend Park and Recreation District is updating portions of Drake Park while a group of local citizens is preparing a dredging project. Together, these may represent more than $10 million worth of activity that will influence the future of the pond.
In an effort to raise flows this winter in the Deschutes River, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that Deschutes River flows below Wickiup Dam are not less than 175 cubic feet per second through next March.
Irrigation districts on the Deschutes River Basin will be increasing flows this winter below Wickiup Reservoir.
After talk of major delays last week, a project that would replace a section of canal near the southern edge of Bend with a 3,000-foot irrigation pipeline is back on track to begin around the end of the year.