Fall 2013 Newsletter

Deschutes River by Lana Young

Deschutes River by Lana Young

Get the latest on WaterWatch’s work to protect rivers and streams throughout Oregon – check out our Fall 2013 newsletter.

Call for Change in Wake of Upper Deschutes Fish Kill

Following a major fish kill near Bend, WaterWatch’s Kimberley Priestly advocated in the Bend Bulletin for solutions to improve streamflows in the Upper Deschutes River. Read her op-ed here. Lend your voice to help prevent future fish kills.

11th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers SOLD OUT!

Tickets sold out for our 11th Annual Celebration of Oregon Rivers! Thanks to all our fantastic supporters! We had a great time on November 9th at the Ambridge Event Center in Portland. It was our best annual event yet!

1859 Profiles WaterWatch’s John DeVoe

Executive Director John DeVoe recently discussed WaterWatch’s history, ongoing work, and conservation victories with 1859. Check it out the resulting article here.

Clackamas River Runs at Risk

WaterWatch’s John DeVoe talks with OPB about the risks to struggling fish runs in the Clackamas River if local municipalities go forward with a planned expansion of water withdrawals.

Rogue River’s Resurgent Cutthroat

A cutthroat trout is released into the Rogue River. Photo Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch

Check out Medford Mail Tribune’s article on the welcome resurgence of a prized native fish. The Rogue River is seeing growing cutthroat trout populations – and more happy anglers – thanks in large part to the Rogue ‪dam removals. WaterWatch is proud to have played a leading role in one of the most substantial dam removal and river restoration efforts undertaken in the United States. And we’re still working to remove harmful barriers to fish on one of the Rogue’s most important spawning tributaries.

WaterWatch Goes to Washington for Klamath Hearing

Jim McCarthy, WaterWatch’s Communication Director and Southern Oregon Program Manager, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources during a June 20, 2013 hearing on water resources issues in the Klamath River Basin. Check out Jim’s testimony advocating for a basin-wide, long-term solution to equitably reduce the basin’s over-appropriated water supplies while also protecting the basin’s spectacular lakes, rivers, and National Wildlife Refuges. Watch the hearing here.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

WaterWatch has been hard at work in 2013! Get the latest on our efforts in the spring edition of our newsletter.

Senate Bills For Oregon Waterways

Expanding Oregon’s State Scenic Waterway Act is one of WaterWatch’s top legislative priorities this year. This Act protects the clean drinking water, wild salmon and steelhead, and scenic beauty that make our state such a special place, but this law currently protects only a tiny fraction of Oregon’s rivers and streams from degradation. SB 401, recently introduced by Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford), would expand these key protections to a small number of some of Oregon’s most beloved – and most threatened – waterways.

Learn more here.

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