Press Release Archive
Agreement Reached to Protect Upper Deschutes River, October 28, 2016
WaterWatch, the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and several irrigation districts today reached an interim agreement to temporarily boost flows in the Upper Deschutes River to reduce harm to the Oregon spotted frog, a threatened species protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. The deal also requires the Bureau of Reclamation and the water districts to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create a long-term plan on a set timeline that will further reduce harm to the frogs.
Statement Regarding Ongoing Upper Deschutes River Lawsuit, March 24, 2016
U.S. District Court Judge Aiken indicated during a March 22 hearing that she would deny WaterWatch of Oregon and Center for Biological Diversity’s request for immediate changes to flows in the Upper Deschutes River to prevent ongoing harm to the threatened Oregon Spotted Frog as well as other wildlife and fish. The groups have now asked the judge to move the case forward with a schedule for mediation and ultimately, for trial.
WaterWatch Welcomes Advance of Klamath Dam Removal, February 2, 2016
WaterWatch praised Oregon and California’s elected leaders and the Obama Administration for prioritizing the agreement to remove the four lower Klamath River dams. The long delayed restoration effort will no longer be held hostage to a failed water agreement in Congress.
WaterWatch Applauds Designation of Two New State Scenic Waterways, January 27, 2016
Statement welcoming Governor Kate Brown’s announcement designating portions of the Chetco and Molalla rivers as State Scenic Waterways after a lengthy process with considerable public input and support. The two iconic waterways are the first designated under the Act since 1988.
Lawsuit Filed to Stop Harm to Deschutes River, 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. Managing the Upper Deschutes like an irrigation ditch rather than a river has caused significant damage to the river’s health, including harm to the Oregon spotted frog, a threatened species under federal law.