News from the Coalition for the Deschutes

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.

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Craig’s Biography:

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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Fish Salvage 2017 at Lava Island channel area – with Photos!

This year, the annual Wickiup Dam drawdown brought the reservoir water releases down to the ‘winter’ rate of 100 cfs – starting on October 16th.

Many local volunteers and friends from the following organizations joined together for this year’s Fish Salvage at the Lava Island channel of the Upper Deschutes every day from October 16 through 19th.  Special recognition goes to the organizations’ coordinators, listed below.

To all those that participated, THANK YOU – over 2000 fish were salvaged this year!

Check out photographs, including a few short video clips, that some of the organizers and volunteers shared with us while out at this year’s fish salvage.

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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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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!

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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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