|Algae growth on lower Deschutes. Photo by Greg McMillan.|
Beginning in 2011 anglers and guides on the lower Deschutes River began discussing their observations about possible changes in the river's ecology: Insect hatches appeared to be less abundant, water temperature appeared to be higher in the early summer and a new algae appeared to proliferate. As concerns mounted the Deschutes River Alliance (DRA) was formed in 2013 as a nonprofit entity charged to formally address these concerns.
The DRA recently released its Science Plan in which it outlines their plans to investigate temperature, algae, macroinvertebrates, water quality and redband trout. Although they are relying heavily on volunteer work they need your financial contribution to cover various expenses necessary to conduct this research: Donate Here.
From their blog:
Saving a river takes a community effort. We all have to pitch in. We will have many volunteers at work this summer and hundreds of hours will be spent collecting data, algae and water samples. Once the field work is complete, the samples must be analyzed and reports written. All of this work is being undertaken by volunteers, but the water chemistry instruments, lab fees, and costs associated with report production all take money. Donate Here.
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