Welcome to the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council!
We are dedicated to protecting and restoring the 2,100 miles of rivers and streams that flow through Central Oregon. Please click here to learn about the work we are doing in watershed restoration and education. To stay connected with our most recent programs and projects, join us on facebook.
Jack Johnson picked us!
As part of his 2014 From Here To Now To You world tour, Jack Johnson
selected the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to be the local
non-profit partner for his concert at the Bend Les Schwab Amphitheater
on August 24th. With his tour and the All at Once social action
network, Jack Johnson is partnering with hand-chosen community groups
around the world to raise awareness for environmental conservation in
the regions where concerts will be held.
Come see us at the concert in August!
Dam Removed on Whychus Creek
Photo by John Williams
Early in September, we collaborated with restoration partners and the Leithauser family to remove a century-old dam, located on Whychus Creek. The dam was a complete fish barrier that once diverted irrigation water but has been obsolete for many years. In just two weeks, crews removed the dam and rebuilt the stream channel that borders multiple homes in downtown Sisters. We have a time lapse video of the whole process that we will be posting shortly.
Students from Sisters High School were invited to help plant riparian vegetation along the newly constructed streambank. For three days, students dug in and planted over 600 native plants that will eventually play a key role in preventing streambank erosion and providing shade and habitat for fish now freely moving further up the stream. With dirty hands, muddy boots, and smiling faces, our students ended their fieldwork by reflecting upon their stewardship project.
"Whychus, Whychus, take care of my pine. I planted her as a gift to you. She'll reside near your waters so blue. I pass her to you, she's no longer mine. Whychus, Whychus, take care of my pine." -Sam, High School Junior
Photo by Jim Anderson
Funders and Partners for this project include Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Nature Conservancy, Round-Butte Pelton Fund, City of Sisters, and the Leithauser Family.
Take a look at our new community report:
Whychus Creek: Progress In Restoration
It takes a community to restore watersheds....
Recently published research for the Pacific Northwest Research Station documents how community based organizations like watershed councils are critical to long-term resource management. Read the full article here:
Support Watershed Education
Our watershed education program connects local students to the natural world by getting them out of the classroom and into the field. Through hands-on science, art, writing, music, and active stewardship projects, the students we work with develop a sense of place and a connection to our home watershed. We are dedicated to continue delivering high quality hands-on watershed education programs for students of all ages. Thanks to many local partners, program supporters, and individual donors, we provide meaningful place-based education opportunities for thousands of students each year.
Join us and help ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn outside. Click here to make a donation today.