Click EVENTS for Mar 14th details. Rob Kirschner: "Lessons from Lostine Creek", a Story about Ranchers and a River

News from the Coalition for the Deschutes

A River and its Ranchers; A Joke (help us!); More March events

A rancher and a river advocate walked into a bar. The bartender said, “______.”
Please send us your punchline to this joke!  More information below.

If you’re wondering if we really can solve river issues collaboratively, then please join us for a real-life example of this work being done in eastern Oregon.

Details of this, and more March events below.
The confluence of Lostine and Wallowa Rivers, by Rob Kirschner
Lessons from Lostine River:  A Story about Ranchers and a River
Prior to 2005, the Lostine River in northeast Oregon frequently ran dry in late summer, leaving threatened Chinook salmon without passage to critical spawning grounds. Since then
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Volunteer Event April 7: Thinning Within the Upper Deschutes Wild and Scenic River corridor

Join Forest Service staff for a volunteer opportunity to give back to our rivers!

Saturday, April 7, 2018
10:00 AM 1:00 PM

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Running Hot and Cold; Wildflowers; A River and its Ranchers

There’s so much happening in Central Oregon water world in March! The Coalition is presenting two programs, one about wildflowers and the other about ranchers and river advocates. You can read about these and more below.
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“Flow with Elephants”, by Jenner Fox


(reprinted here with permission from the author (international river guide, singer/songwriter and a lot more) Jenner Fox; an expert from the book Halfway to Halfway & Other River Storiesby Dick Linford and Bob Volpert (2012) Halfway Publishing, Bend, OR.  

River flow is measured by how many cubic feet of water are passing a given point each second. The term is cubic feet per second or “CFS”.  A cubic foot of water weighs 62.4 lbs.   A big African elephant weighs 14,000 lbs.

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Taking the River’s Temperature, Muddy Trails, and Upcoming Events

Taking the River’s Temperature: It’s Not Just Another Number

Please join us on Sunday, February 25th, for a presentation by Dr. E. Ashley Steel.  Dr. Steel will give us a glimpse into her world as an ecologist with the Pacific NW Research Station. She’ll explain her work exploring the thermal regimes of rivers and why they matter.

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Feature film/panel event on January 30th: United By Water: Culture, Fish, Water

United By Water: Culture, Fish, Water

The inspiring journey of Upper Columbia River tribal communities as they reconnect with their tribal traditions and the river.

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2017 in the Rearview Mirror; Looking Forward to 2018


Winter on the Upper Deschutes.  Photo by Kim Brannock

This January, the Coalition for the Deschutes will be two years old.  We created the Coalition because we were inadvertent witnesses to the terrible condition of the river, and we were compelled to act.  We set out to be a voice for the river and to speak on its behalf.

In 2017, we told the river’s story at every opportunity and advocated vigorously for it at every turn.

Here, by the numbers, is a brief summary of our activities this year:

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Presentation Materials from Jackie Dingfelder: Integrated River Water Management – Oregon Lessons to Learn from New Zealand

Introduction: We tend to take rivers for granted. Even in New Zealand, a country that has been idealized for its natural beauty, rivers have, and continue to be, exploited for the many valuable resources they provide for humans.

Throughout the world, rivers and the web of life dependent on them, are imperiled. We are all part of that web of life. It’s time for us to tend to our own river, the Deschutes River. Please help us write a positive future for the Deschutes River – Gail Snyder, Coalition for the Deschutes

Drawing from her vast experience in Oregon and New Zealand, Dr. Jackie Dingfelder presented perspectives on river management and lessons that we can learn that are applicable to Central Oregon rivers.

While on a Fulbright Fellowship in New Zealand, Jackie studied first hand how they are addressing conservation concerns and threats to their rivers and riparian habitats. She discussed Maori rights, the impact of cows and market forces (China’s demand for more dairy products), and personhood for the Whanganui River.  She believes the Land and Water Forum is a framework from which Oregon could benefit.

She has generously shared her slides with us:

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Presentation Slides from Craig Lacy’s Talk: Historic Fishery of the Upper Deschutes River

Craig Lacey has generously shared the presentation materials from his talk at our October 23rd event at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend.   These contain not only the slides but also his presentation notes.

Be sure to read Craig’s fascinating biography below the presentation frame.


Photographs courtesy of Jerry Freilich – see more from the event here.

His presentation and biograpy follow:

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Read Our Opposition Letter To a Nomination of a Bend 3.4 mile Canal Section as a National “Historic Place”

A 3.4-mile stretch of open irrigation canal, located between Ward Road and Gosney Road in Bend was recently nominated to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.  Earlier this month, the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission heard arguments for and against the designation; currently, the proposal is under consideration.   Read about this in a recent Bend Bulletin article.

The Coalition for the Deschutes submitted a letter to the State Advisory Commission on Historic Preservation (SACHP)  requesting denial of the applicant’s nomination.  Read our letter below.

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