2015 Accomplishments

Your support made 2015 a landmark year of Oregon’s rivers. In fact, 2015 marks WaterWatch’s 30th Anniversary and three decades of progress for Oregon’s rivers. Please read the 2015 accomplishments here.

2015 Fall Newsletter

Our fall newsletter is here, and contains a special tribute to WaterWatch co-founder Audrey Simmons, who passed away this summer.

Audrey Simmons

Audrey Simmons

13th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers – THANK YOU!

13th Auction PhotoThank you to EVERYONE that made this year’s WaterWatch ‪‎auction‬ such a success! We broke records and couldn’t have done it without you! Way to support ‪‎WaterWatch‬ and Oregon’s rivers! More photos from the evening here.

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 Newsletter

Hooded Merganser by Steve Berliner

Hooded Merganser by Steve Berliner.

Our 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 River

Upper Deschutes River

Upper Deschutes River

Jeff 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

Does this look like a wildlife refuge?

Workers in protection suits spraying pesticides on commercially leased land on Tule Lake NWR. Photo by Jim McCarthy

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

lahontan cutthroatIt’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!

Parched Lower Klamath NWR, Sept. 20, 2013

Parched Lower Klamath NWR, Sept. 20, 2013

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.

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