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The Crooked River running through Prineville Oregon
In the Western United States, the availability of water has become a serious concern for many communities and rural areas. Central Oregon is no exception. From river to river, situations are different depending on the water source, geology, and demand....
Call for volunteers to help this Saturday to relocate stranded fish as flows in the river drop for storage season. Recall that with the wind-down of the growing-season, the irrigation districts of Central Oregon reduce the river flow in the...
Things have been heating up in Bend and the summer tourist season seems to be in full swing.  Last weekend, I decided to head up to Wickiup Reservoir to get away from the crowds and cool down with a swim...
Restoring Flows Since the early 1900s, Whychus Creek ran dry in two out of every three years due to irrigation diversions. Through a combination of water conservation (i.e. piping) and both permanent and temporary water transfers, the creek is now...
The Upper Deschutes River Basin Study, a 3-year study focused on meeting water needs in our basin, will be complete in September 2018. The study identifies water needs for rivers, agriculture and growing communities in Central Oregon, and evaluates tools...
How it all started Over 100 years ago, federal and state policies encouraged the settlement of the high desert by facilitating access to land and irrigation water. In many cases, the state gave out more water rights than existed in...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Media Contacts: Mike Relf, Bureau of Reclamation, bor-pnr-udbasinstudy@usbr.gov, 208-378-5175 Craig Horrell, Deschutes Basin Board of Control, chorrell@coid.org, 541-548-6047 Kate Fitzpatrick, Deschutes River Conservancy, kate@deschutesriver.org, 541-382-4077   Open Houses for Upper Deschutes River Basin Study Study focuses...
Whychus Creek is coming back to life after a 9 phase piping project that has modernized Three Sisters Irrigation District and restored year-round flows in the iconic creek that runs through Sisters, Oregon.
The Deschutes is a natural jewel in the heart of our community. But many of us are unaware that the river upstream of Bend is in big trouble. Its ecology is at a tipping point and showing steep declines in...
The Deschutes River runs through the heart of Central Oregon. For the past century, the river has been managed to serve irrigation needs. This has had a negative impact on flows and the health of the river. Together with our...
This issue of the Deschutes River Conservancy's RiverVoice includes: The 2018 Flow Restoration Report Looking at Restoration Instream DRC's 2018 Financial Summary Understanding What We Learned From the Basin Study Recognition of 2018's Donors and Supporters View the 2018 Annual...