Thanks to our supporters, WaterWatch had an outstanding 2016!
Click here to see some of this year’s accomplishments, as well as projects going in to 2017.
2016 Winter Newsletter
WaterWatch finished the year strong! Check out our latest accomplishments in our newsletter.
14th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers – THANK YOU!
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.
2016 Fall Newsletter
Our fall newsletter is here. Learn about our most recent work for Oregon’s rivers.
Spotlight on Groundwater
The Oregonian has produced a landmark special report on Oregon’s groundwater crisis. Please read it! Then join us in asking state water managers, our Governor, and our state legislature to take action now on key measures to help solve this growing problem.
2016 Spring Newsletter
Gets the latest on WaterWatch’s efforts in our spring newsletter here.