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Speaking of Fish and Frogs – presentation materials

Bridget Moran from the USFWS Bend field office gave an excellent interactive presentation tonight at our “Speaking of Fish and Frogs” event.  She discussed frog and fish species listed under the ESA (Endangered Species Act) within the Deschutes River Basin, including the closely coupled Deschutes River Basin HCP (Habitat Conservation Plan).   She kindly shared her presentation.  Bridget also shared a handout on the HCP status.  You can view both of these PDFs below.

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The Deschutes River: Past, Present, Future

Learn a little about the Upper Deschutes through this recent presentation. The words in the title slide, “The Water is Sacred,” are borrowed from a recent interview with a Warm Springs Tribal elder.

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Watershed Planning

This presentation was given by Margi Hoffman with Farmers Conservation Alliance. It provides an overview of the federal Watershed Protection and Flood Plain Prevention program that Central Oregon irrigation districts are proposing to apply to for partial funding for irrigation modernization projects.

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Bend Bulletin: Find Common Ground on the future of the Deschutes River

In today’s Bend Bulletin, Coalition Co-Founder and Executive Director – Gail Snyder’s letter to the editor has been published. Please check it out and share with your friends. View the story on bendbulletin.com

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A Vision for the Future: Oregon’s Integrated Water Resources Strategy

As stakeholders in the future, we all have a vested interest in how rivers and groundwater are managed. Aging water infrastructure, a warming climate, and more people moving to Oregon from warmer, drier regions are already happening, and more is in our future.

Families, farmers, and fish will all be affected…

In 2012, Oregon adopted its first Integrated Water Resources Strategy (IWRS) to address water management issues today and in the future.

If IWRS sounds wonky, then think of it in terms of dealing with climate change and drought, ensuring that we have healthy ecosystems, making sure we have adequate water for cities and agriculture, and more.

Here is the powerpoint about the IWRS that was presented by Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) at our recent program.

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Fire and Water: Hydrogeology of Central Oregon

Last week we had a wonderful presentation given by local geologist Dr. Daniele McKay.  For those who were not able to make it, Dr. McKay has made the slides from the presentation available for us all.

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30 Days of Giving for the Deschutes: 10k Matching Funds Drive

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Today we are launching 30 Days of Giving for the Deschutes River. We have a generous supporter who is matching every donation up to $10,000, until the end of this year. No amount is too small in support of the work we are doing to give a voice to the life that depends upon this amazing river. We are grateful to have received $2655 towards this goal so far. Please consider sharing your #deschutesriverlove.
WILD RIVERS are earth’s renegades, defying gravity, dancing to their own tunes, resisting the authority of humans, always chipping away, and eventually always winning. — Richard Bangs & Christian Kallen, River Gods



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FLOWtilla or BLOWtilla, you showed up!

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It was auspicious and particularly foul weather even by Bend standards. We had all taken to calling it a BLOWtilla, and wondered if anyone would dare to show up. The winds howled as community members began to show up at Tumalo Creek for the first annual Deschutes River FLOWtilla. One by one they arrived, with kayaks and paddleboards in tow, geared up in spite of the weather ready to paddle with beaming smiles on their wet faces.

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Source Weekly Reports: The Fish Rescue on the Upper Deschutes

fish-kill-upper-deschutes-riverIt was 2013 when Kim Brannock of Bend first witnessed thousands of dying fish in a side channel of the upper Deschutes River near Lava Island. As co-founder of the Coalition for the Deschutes, she was sickened by the sight, only to find out it had been occurring for decades with seasonal irrigation water flows that run extremely heavy in the summer and light in the winter.

When growers need water, the flow from Wickiup Dam is at its highest level, often causing washed-out channels that damage sensitive riparian environments essential to the health of the river and its fish.

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The Deschutes in the News: Bend Bulletin Reviews Film, Panel Showcase

Scott Nelson completed his first film about the Deschutes River in 2012, a pretty little nine-minute version, set to music, that showcased the waterway’s beauty.

Nelson’s next version of the film in 2014 started exploring the river’s problems. His latest version — showing Monday at the Tower Theatre — zooms in a little closer on the challenges the river faces and the efforts by stakeholders to address them.

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