Sunday, June 8, 2014

Deschutes River Alliance seeks your help

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.

For more information:
http://deschutesriveralliance.wordpress.com/
 











Monday, June 2, 2014

OpEd: Time tp take out America's Worthless, Aging Dams



Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia and dedicated conservationist of wild salmonids and their ecosystems recently authored a very timely Op Ed for the New York Times. In it he lays out the facts on America's aging dams, the threat they pose to public safety and the toll they are taking on watersheds around the nation. The bottom line is that many dams have long outlived their useful lifespan and it is time for them to be removed. The last few years have brought great progress on dam removal, but the wave of dam removals during the first decade of the 21st century is only a drop in the bucket.

Learn more in the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/08/opinion/tear-down-deadbeat-dams.html?ref=opinion&_r=1

and check out the DamNation website for more on the film:
http://damnationfilm.com/