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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.


Long and Winding River Field Trip, Part 2 – Low Winter Flows

Wednesday, October 25th

Join the Coalition for the Deschutes for a field trip exploring the Upper Deschutes River. We’ll start at Wickiup Dam and make our way downstream with stops at select locations. You’ll see the reality of the river at its winter low…still beautiful, but reduced to a shadow of its natural state. This field trip will take most of the day. We’ll err on the side of safety and cancel if the weather is bad. To pre-register, click here.


Lessons from Down Under: What I Learned in New Zealand about Rivers, People, Cows, and Water Management

Thursday, November 2, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church, St Helens Hall
231 NW Idaho St, Bend 97701
RSVP appreciated.

Join Dr. Jackie Dingfelder for a presentation about her experience as a Fulbright scholar in New Zealand researching their rivers and water management system. Jackie will discuss her insights about what works well in New Zealand, what doesn’t, and how it compares to Oregon/US water law and management. What could we learn from New Zealand? What could New Zealand learn from us?

Jackie brings 30 years of environmental planning and policy experience in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. She recently earned her PhD in Public Policy and Affairs at Portland State University in the Hatfield School of Government. In 2016, she served as a 2016 Ian Axford/Fulbright public policy fellow researching freshwater reforms and indigenous water rights in New Zealand.

Jackie in the South Island of New Zealand


Additional River Talks in October


The Deschutes River, How Best To Manage?

The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County First Thursday luncheon.
October 5th, 11:00-1:00  Please arrive by 11:00 am if ordering from the menu. The speaker will begin at noon.
Black Bear Diner
The corner of Third and Olney, 1465 NE 3rd St., Bend, 97701  
Everyone is welcome. No RSVP needed.

Upper Deschutes River Hydrology

Hosted by Upper Deschutes River Coalition
Thursday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Sunriver Library, 56855 Venture Ln, Sunriver, 97707
Speaker: USFS hydrologist, Jason Gritzner
For more information, please contact Monte Dammarell:

Tim Palmer’s Wild and Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy

Hosted by Juniper Group of Sierra Club
Thursday, October 19th, 6:30 PM social time/snacks, 6:50 program, $5.00 suggested donation.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 469 NW Wall Street, Bend, 97701

Join award-winning author and photographer Tim Palmer for a slide presentation showcasing some of the 160 spectacular photos from his latest book, Wild & Scenic Rivers: America’s Legacy.  Tim will highlight the world’s premier system for the protection of natural rivers and delve into the history and essential policies of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. Of the approximately 3.6 million miles of streams in the U.S., only 12,734 miles are protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act—a mere 0.35% of the rivers in the U.S.

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