Victory for the McKenzie River!The Oregon Water Resources Department has denied the Willamette Water Company’s attempt to profit through speculation on Oregon’s waters. WaterWatch commends the department on their decision to deny the permit. The final order protects the treasured McKenzie River from an unlawful attempt to lock up a huge amount of water for later sale. This is great news for the McKenzie River and the fish and communities that depend on the river. We will be reviewing the 80-page order and taking any appropriate next steps. Read the final order here.
Working to Remove Two of Oregon’s Top Ten Fish BarriersIn a major development for the Rogue Basin’s prized salmon and steelhead runs, WaterWatch has succeeded in securing removal agreements for Fielder and Wimer dams on Evans Creek! An important spawning tributary of the Rogue River, Evans Creek supports fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, summer and winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, suckers, and lamprey. Above these dams, approximately 19 miles of habitat is available for fall chinook production, 60 miles for coho salmon production, and 70 miles for steelhead production. WaterWatch is now working in partnership with ODFW, Geos Institute, American Rivers, River Design Group, and others to secure funding to remove these dams by 2015. Learn more about the Evans Creek removals in this Mail Tribune article, or visit our “Free the Rogue” campaign webpage.
Royal Treatment Fly Shop Film Premiere Party and Contest Benefitting WaterWatch!
The intense snow on the 8th forced us to postpone this event, but please join us at the Royal Treatment Fly Shop on Saturday, February 15th for a film premiere party and fly fishing film contest. Costa and The Royal Treatment are teaming up for a pre-show party to benefit WaterWatch. Get the first look at top-notch fishing films, win high quality gear and fishing trips, and support our work for the rivers and streams of Oregon. Click here to learn more about this event!
Dam Removal a Boon for Rogue River Salmon
The removal of Gold Ray and Savage Rapids dams on the Rogue River is doing what biologists hoped it would – creating more spawning opportunities for salmon. Read the latest Mail Tribune article on the salmon resurgence, and learn about WaterWatch’s leading role one of the most successful dam removal and river restoration efforts undertaken in the United States.
Fall 2013 Newsletter
Get the latest on WaterWatch’s work to protect rivers and streams throughout Oregon – check out our Fall 2013 newsletter.
Call for Change in Wake of Upper Deschutes Fish Kill
Following a major fish kill near Bend, WaterWatch’s Kimberley Priestly advocated in the Bend Bulletin for solutions to improve streamflows in the Upper Deschutes River. Read her op-ed here. Lend your voice to help prevent future fish kills.
11th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers SOLD OUT!
Tickets are now sold out for our 11th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers! Thanks to all our fantastic supporters! We are looking forward to November 9th at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland for our best annual event yet!
Good news – Golden Raffle tickets are still available! The Golden Raffle winner chooses any live auction item. Click here for a preview of our live auction items, and buy your tickets here. Only 100 Golden Raffle tickets will be sold, and you do not need to be present to win.
1859 Profiles WaterWatch’s John DeVoe
Clackamas River Runs at Risk
WaterWatch’s John DeVoe talks with OPB about the risks to struggling fish runs in the Clackamas River if local municipalities go forward with a planned expansion of water withdrawals.
Rogue River’s Resurgent Cutthroat
Check out Medford Mail Tribune’s article on the welcome resurgence of a prized native fish. The Rogue River is seeing growing cutthroat trout populations – and more happy anglers – thanks in large part to the Rogue dam removals. WaterWatch is proud to have played a leading role in one of the most substantial dam removal and river restoration efforts undertaken in the United States. And we’re still working to remove harmful barriers to fish on one of the Rogue’s most important spawning tributaries.
WaterWatch Goes to Washington for Klamath Hearing
Jim McCarthy, WaterWatch’s Communication Director and Southern Oregon Program Manager, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a June 20, 2013 hearing on water resources issues in the Klamath River Basin. Check out Jim’s testimony advocating for a basin-wide, long-term solution to equitably reduce the basin’s over-appropriated water supplies while also protecting the basin’s spectacular lakes, rivers, and National Wildlife Refuges. Watch the hearing here.
Spring 2013 Newsletter
WaterWatch has been hard at work in 2013! Get the latest on our efforts in the spring edition of our newsletter.
Senate Bills For Oregon Waterways
Expanding Oregon’s State Scenic Waterway Act is one of WaterWatch’s top legislative priorities this year. This Act protects the clean drinking water, wild salmon and steelhead, and scenic beauty that make our state such a special place, but this law currently protects only a tiny fraction of Oregon’s rivers and streams from degradation. SB 401, recently introduced by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford), would expand these key protections to a small number of some of Oregon’s most beloved – and most threatened – waterways.
Learn more here.