Top Priority Dam Removal Nears Completion
This week, work crews will start demolition work on Fielder Dam on Evans Creek that will restore access for native fish on a key spawning tributary of the Rogue River. Earlier, workers completed demolition on Wimer Dam, several miles upstream of Fielder Dam. Evans Creek will soon be entirely free-flowing at both sites and Rogue salmon and steelhead will regain improved access to some 70 miles of quality habitat in the upper reaches of the creek. We couldn’t have done it without you! To give you an idea of what dam removal looks like, here’s a great video of Wimer Dam by veteran removal engineer Scott Wright of River Design Group.
Protecting the Clackamas River
Check it out! Portland’s KGW News featured WaterWatch’s fight to protect the lower Clackamas River from increases in water withdrawals that would harm salmon and other fish.
Prioritizing Wildlife on the Klamath’s National Wildlife Refuges
In a joint Sunday Oregonian guest opinion, WaterWatch and Portland Audubon urge the public to participate in the upcoming public process to decide the future of the Klamath refuges, and help make the case that wildlife like eagles, ducks, and geese must take priority over agribusiness on our national wildlife refuge lands.
Celebrating 30 Years of River Protection
It’s here! Our 30th Anniversary Edition of Instream is available online. In its pages, we tell the story of WaterWatch’s three decades of working for Oregon’s beloved rivers and streams, and look forward to the future.
2015 Klamath Water Plan a Likely Death Sentence for Waterfowl
WaterWatch’s Jim McCarthy describes how the federal government’s 2015 plan for Klamath Project water allocations is a likely death sentence for birds in the Klamath National Wildlife Refuges, and puts salmon downstream at significant risk.
Rescuing Lake Abert
WaterWatch is working with allies to reduce threats to Lake Abert – a stunning alkali lake and haven for birds and other wildlife in southeast Oregon – which has declined greatly due to reduced freshwater inflows. Oregon Field Guide spoke with our staff attorney Lisa Brown about this important issue for their March 19 episode.
Good News for Wildlife at the Klamath Refuges!
There’s some good news for those who care about bald eagles, sandhill cranes, and white pelicans! A U.S. Magistrate Judge has issued a recommendation that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service be required to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” (CCP) for the Klamath Basin’s National Wildlife Refuges by August 1st, 2016. These plans, mandated by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997, require the Service to ensure commercial activities on refuge lands do not harm wildlife. The recommendation, issued by U. S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clark in Medford, will now be referred to a district judge.
Thanks to your support, WaterWatch been working for years to improve conditions for wildlife on these stunning refuges, which provide important migratory waterfowl habitat. Last year, WaterWatch joined with two other conservation groups in filing suit to compel the Service to produce a much-needed CCP. It is especially important that the Klamath Refuges meet this mandate given their critical importance to wildlife and the complex challenges that these particular refuges face.
To learn more about solutions to the crisis facing the Klamath Basin’s spectacular National Wildlife Refuges, click here.
Victory for Clackamas River Salmon and Steelhead!
Some great news that broke on New Year’s Eve! The Oregon Court of Appeals delivered a victory for Clackamas River salmon and steelhead in an opinion determining that municipal water users must leave enough water in the Clackamas for imperiled fish populations!
This is a welcome decision for all those who value Oregon’s incredible rivers, salmon, and steelhead, and especially for those in the Portland metro area who regularly enjoy the Clackamas River.
The Court of Appeals ruling is available here.
2014 Accomplishments and Ongoing Projects
Thanks to our members WaterWatch had an outstanding 2014. Click here to see some of our 2014 accomplishments and projects going in to 2015.
Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us for Pint in Ashland!
It was great meeting everyone who came to enjoy a beer in Ashland while supporting WaterWatch! We were thrilled to be selected as a beneficiary of Standing Stone Brewing Company’s “Pint for a Purpose” program. On Giving Tuesday, December 2, Standing Stone donated $2 to WaterWatch for every pint of beer sold in the brewpub from 5pm-10pm. Thanks Standing Stone!
2014 Celebration of Oregon Rivers – Thank You!
Thanks to everyone who came out on November 8th and made our 12th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers such a success!
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Our Fall 2014 newsletter is hot off the presses! Read about our latest efforts for Oregon’s river’s and streams here.
Study Finds Rogue River Ecosystem Benefitted from Dam Removal
Scientists at Oregon State University have found that the ecosystems on the Rogue and Calapooia rivers quickly recovered after small dams were removed. Read more here.
Summer 2014 Newsletter
Our latest newsletter is out! Check it out here.