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.
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.
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.
What if you discovered that every October, the Upper Deschutes River is reduced to extremely low flows that harm the river’s ecology, including fish and other wildlife?
Would you wonder why?
Would you wonder if there are solutions that would allow our river to flourish again?
It can be done! There’s enough water for fish AND farms, but only if we conserve and share.
The river needs your help.
The Coalition is hosting a Deschutes River FLOWtilla “Let it Flow” on Saturday, October 15th.
Rally for the River.
Join us at Tumalo Creek Canoe & Kayak at 2:00 PM. Bring your kayaks, canoes, and SUP’s and paddle together in the Old Mill area or gather on the grass in support of the river.
Family friendly. Everyone is welcome! Rain or shine.
Live Music by Appaloosa.