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.