Tag Archives: Deschutes Basin

Comment period extended for Deschutes Basin plan

The public comment period has been extended by 15 days for the Deschutes River Habitat Conservation Plan, a potentially landmark document that will impact how water is used in the Deschutes River basin for decades to come. The public comment period, which was set to expire Nov. 18, will close on Dec. 3, according to […]
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Guest column: What about water quality in the Habitat Conservation Plan?

Last June, Portland General Electric released a comprehensive, multiyear water quality study of Lake Billy Chinook, the rivers that supply it and the lower Deschutes River into which water is released. Among other things, the report showed the Crooked River contains significant amounts of pollution. This pollution combined with sunlight generates suspended algae on the […]
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Deschutes basin conservation plan under public scrutiny

Plan will raise water levels for fish and frogs. The Oregon spotted frog, steelhead trout, bull trout and other fish species that inhabit the Deschutes River and other local waterways could benefit from a proposed 30-year water conservation plan that seeks to balance the needs of farmers and wildlife, along with other water users in […]
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Deschutes River Conservation Plan Seeks Slow Change 

A long-awaited plan to conserve water in Central Oregon’s largest river was published Friday, calling for hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild irrigation systems, and decades more time to broker a compromise between water users and endangered species. If approved by federal regulators and adopted, the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan will allow eight Central Oregon irrigation […]
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Central Oregon districts seek irrigation improvements 

Two more irrigation districts in Central Oregon are taking the first steps toward modernizing aging infrastructure to conserve water, reduce energy costs and protect endangered species in the Deschutes River Basin, including the Oregon spotted frog. The Ochoco and North Unit irrigation districts announced they are in the process of developing watershed plans with the […]
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Editorial: Plan good for river, frogs and people

The new habitat conservation plan for the Deschutes River that is being unveiled this week probably isn’t perfect. Some groups are upset, for example, because it’s not a permanent answer to all the river’s problems. But it should do what it’s expected to do, provide relief for the threatened Oregon spotted frog in Central Oregon […]
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Deschutes Basin plan will aid threatened species

A habitat conservation plan aimed at protecting several species while shielding farmers from legal liability in Oregon’s Deschutes River basin will be formally announced next week. The federal government is expected to publish a draft of the plan on Oct. 4 and invite public comment on measures proposed to conserve the Oregon spotted frog and […]
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Guest column: Federal funding a win for local farmers, fish and wildlife

Five years from now, stream flows in the Deschutes River Basin may look more like they did at the turn of the 20th century. Last week, the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee unanimously moved the energy & water appropriations bill forward. Source: Guest column: Federal funding a win for local farmers, fish and wildlife;

Editorial: Close the gap on water in the Deschutes Basin

Farmers near Madras and Culver have had to again this year let some of their land fallow because of lack of water, as The Bulletin reported on Saturday. But there are possible solutions in the works to better meet the gap between supply and demand for water in the Deschutes Basin. Source: Editorial: Close the […]
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Reservoir depletion forces Madras farmers to leave fields fallow

Wickiup Reservoir is at 11% of capacity as irrigation season draws to a close. For the second year in a row, Madras farmer Phil Fine has left a quarter of his fields fallow amid water restrictions caused by low levels at Wikiup Reservoir. With a water crisis expected to continue another year, he doesn’t think […]
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