Thanks to our supporters, WaterWatch had an outstanding 2017!
Click here to see some of this year’s accomplishments, as well as projects going in to 2018.
15th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers- Thank you!
Fall 2017 Newsletter!
Stream of Consciousness: Demanding Environmental Justice in Water Policy; Help Shape the Fate of the Deschutes Basin for the Next Generation; Groundwater Management Reform Still Lacking Despite Ongoing Harm; Water Briefs from Around the State;
Summer 2017 Newsletter!
Stream of Consciousness: The Wet and the Dry; WaterWatch in the Community; Public Funds Advance Private Grab on Klamath Refuge Waters; 2017 Oregon Legislative Roundup; Suction Dredge Mining Reform; Water Briefs from Around the State; WaterWatch Welcomes
Settlement Reached on Upper Deschutes
On January 11, 2016 WaterWatch filed suit in federal district court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and several irrigation districts over harm caused by their water use operations in the Upper Deschutes River. Turning the the Upper Deschutes on and off like an irrigation ditch has caused significant damage to the river’s health, including harm to the Oregon Spotted Frog, a threatened species under federal law. On October 28, 2016 WaterWatch and our allies reached an interim agreement with the Bureau and districts to temporarily boost flows in the Upper Deschutes. The deal also requires the Bureau and districts to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a long-term water management plan, known as a biological opinion, on a set timeline.