Goodbye Dams! Hello Salmon!
This summer, work crews demolished Wimer and Fielder dams on Evans Creek to reopen access for native fish on a key spawning tributary of the Rogue River. Thanks to your support, Evans Creek is now 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 the dam removal looked like, here’s a great video of Wimer Dam by veteran removal engineer Scott Wright of River Design Group.
Summer 2015 NewsletterOur latest newsletter is out! Read about WaterWatch’s ongoing work for Oregon’s rivers and streams here.
Water Management Must Change to Help Upper Deschutes RiverJeff Perin, owner of The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters and WaterWatch board member, makes the case in the Bend Bulletin against managing Upper Deschutes River flows solely for irrigation purposes, and urges taking action now to increase winter flows and restore the river’s health for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and the people of Central Oregon.
What’s the Deal with Dam Removals?
Oregon Public Broadcasting’s EarthFix talks dam removal with WaterWatch board member Bob Hunter.
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.