Join the Coalition and Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe for a water-based exploration of the Upper Deschutes. This trip will be co-led by Mason Lacy, PhD and Toni Pennington, PhD. Mason will provide insight on the unique hydrology of the Deschutes and discuss opportunities as well as barriers to restoration. Toni will discuss aquatic plants and water quality.

When: Monday, June 3, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Deschutes River, Dillon to Benham Falls and back. Meet at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe.
Register here. $65 fee includes all equipment, transport, and river guides.

Trip leaders
Mason Lacy is a restoration engineer with an MS in Water Resources Engineering. He has worked on many river restoration projects in the northwest, including removal of the 55-ft tall Mill Pond Dam in northeast Washington State, sediment transport modeling of stream simulation culverts for WDFW, and hydraulic modeling for the restoration of Johnson Creek in Portland. He is currently working with the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council on riparian habitat restoration along the Deschutes. He works for Environmental Science Associates in Bend.

Toni Pennington is an aquatic biologist, also with Environmental Science Associates in Bend. She specializes in aquatic invasive species (AIS), aquatic plants, wetlands, and water quality. Toni brings a broad range of experience from projects across many western states including AIS management and planning at Lake Tahoe, Lake Chelan, the Willamette River, and the Pend Oreille River; water quality assessment from the Deschutes and Susitna Rivers; and aquatic plant ecology, physiology and management from across Oregon and Washington.  She received her MS in Aquatic Biology from Texas State University and a PhD in Environmental Science and Resources from Portland State University.