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Upper Deschutes Historic Fishery Presentation…and Much More!

Back to the Future: Upper Deschutes Historic Fishery: The Way it Was…and Can Be Again

Monday, October 23, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Brooks Room, Bend downtown library
RSVP requested

Join former Coalition for the Deschutes board member, Craig Lacy, for a presentation about the Upper Deschutes fishery of decades past.

Bend resident Craig Lacy has been an advocate for wild rivers and wild fish for more than four decades. During the early 1980s, Craig worked as a guide for a flyfishing business out of Sisters. In 1985, he started his own outfitting business, Whitewater and Wild Fish, becoming the first full-time outfitter out of Bend to do extended trips on the Deschutes. The business grew over the years, with seven guides taking flyfishers throughout the area, including the high cascade lakes, the Deschutes and the John Day. In the mid 1980s, Craig served as the Chairman of the original Coalition for the Deschutes, which worked to successfully stop 16 proposed hydro-electric dams on the Deschutes, all of which would have been within 15 miles of Bend. Craig and company succeeded in getting the Deschutes added to the state scenic waterway list, which not only stopped the hydro projects from going forward but also gained long-standing state protection for the river. It also inspired activists from around the state to seek similar protection for their own beloved rivers. In 1987, Craig was named “Oregon Flyfisher of the Year” by the Federation of Flyfishers, primarily because of his conservation work.

In 1995, after 11 years of guiding, Craig decided to give his back a rest and work on a degree in fishery science at Oregon State University. With his degree in hand, Craig began consulting on river issues and has contributed to studies and planning for the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers. More recently, Craig helped launch the “new” Coalition for the Deschutes in 2016.

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Fall Talks and a Field Trip

Fall Talks and a Field Trip

Fall is shaping up nicely with speaker and outdoor events related to the Deschutes River and Basin.  Also, check the Upcoming Events page for updates and to register.

Wed, Sept. 27 – Perspectives on Lower Deschutes Water Quality 

Thurs, Oct. 19th – Upper Deschutes River Hydrology

Wed, Oct 25 – Long and Winding River field trip, part 2.  Save the date

Thurs, Nov. 2 – Lessons from Down Under: What I Learned in New Zealand about Rivers, People, Cows, and Water Management


Perspectives on Lower Deschutes Water Quality
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Hollingshead Barn, 1235 NE Jones Rd,  Bend, OR  97701

The Deschutes Redbands Chapter invites you to their annual meeting and a presentation by Dr. Max Bothwell about water quality in the Lower Deschutes. Dr. Bothwell has spent his career researching the issue of algal growth in rivers throughout North America, including the rivers on Vancouver Island and the Thompson River.
For more information, please contact Mike Tripp.

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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

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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

CFD Black Friday

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!


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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