2014 Accomplishments and Ongoing Projects

metoliuswizardfallsjcdThanks to our members WaterWatch had an outstanding 2014. Click on the above link to see some of our 2014 accomplishments and projects going in to 2015.

Thanks to Everyone Who Joined Us for Pint in Ashland!

pints_purposeIt 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!

12th AuctionThanks to everyone who came out on November 8th and made our 12th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers such a success!

There are some great images of the event from our photographer of the evening Nina Johnson up on our Facebook page.

More to come soon!

Fall 2014 Newsletter

Rogue River courtesy BLM Oregon.

Rogue River courtesy BLM Oregon.

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

Rafters in 2009 approach the remains of the Savage Rapids Dam. (The Associated Press/Jeff Barnard)

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

Snow geese (Chen caerulescens)

Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge by Brett Cole

Our latest newsletter is out! Check it out here.

Join Us at DamNation Screenings in Portland & Ashland!

DamNation LogoOn June 5th, Patagonia will be showing the award winning documentary DamNation at their Portland store in the EcoTrust Building. Look for WaterWatch there, including a presentation on our latest dam removal efforts for Rogue River salmon and steelhead! And on June 9th, WaterWatch, Rogue Riverkeeper, The Native Fish Society, and Southern Oregon University’s ECOS program will present DamNation at SOU’s Music Recital Hall. Our own dam-buster emeritus and board member Bob Hunter will give a pre-film talk on past and current projects to Free the Rogue. Hope to to see you in June!

WaterWatch on Instagram!

Photo by Nate Koenigsknecht

Photo by Nate Koenigsknecht

Follow us on Instagram as we share images of WaterWatch in action, and the amazing rivers and streams we work to protect.

A Look at Local Climate Change

Executive Director John DeVoe discusses local climate change impacts for Oregon rivers, salmon, and steelhead with KGW News.

Report Charts Path to More Secure Water Supply for Klamath Refuges

Parched Lower Klamath NWR, Sept. 20, 2013

Parched Lower Klamath NWR, Sept. 20, 2013

WaterWatch released a detailed report providing analysis of several legal options available to secure significantly improved water supplies for Lower Klamath and Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuges. In recent years, both of these Klamath Basin wildlife refuges have suffered chronic water shortages and catastrophic waterfowl disease outbreaks, sparked by lack of water. If implemented, the report recommendations could prevent future bird die-offs and restore essential wildlife habitat. The report makes clear that the Klamath Basin adjudication has provided both these refuges with senior water rights that could be used now to support wetlands, even during drought. In time, the adjudication will progress enough to allow water transfers to achieve additional improvements for wetland water supply on both refuges. WaterWatch has forwarded the report to Interior Secretary Jewell and urged her to implement the report’s recommendations as soon as possible.

Going to Court for Klamath Wildlife

The Klamath refuges provide habitat for 1 to 2 million migrating waterfowl each year.

The Klamath refuges provide habitat for 1 to 2 million migrating waterfowl each year.

WaterWatch joined Audubon Society of Portland and Oregon Wild today to ask a federal court to compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to produce a much-needed and long-overdue Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The Klamath Refuges contain some of the most important bird habitat in the United States, but now regularly face devastating water shortages. The plan, required bylaw, is now 18 months past the federally-mandated deadline. Read WaterWatch’s comments on the CCP process here. Read the lawsuit announcement here.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Nate with a nice fishOur Spring 2014 newsletter is out! Check out our most recent work here!

Victory for the McKenzie River!

McKenzie River by Doug Heiken

McKenzie River by Doug Heiken

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 Barriers

Fielder Dam on Evans Creek

Fielder Dam on Evans Creek

In 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. Help us move this worthy project forward without delay! 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.

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