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.
Invest in the Nature of Childhood
Today, our children experience a virtual world that did not exist when we were young. They are more likely to look on YouTube to discover 'What the Fox Says!' than they are to see a fox in the wild. Many children can search Google to find the name of a tree even if they have never climbed one.
Outdoor exploration and discovery is the true nature of childhood. At the Watershed Council, we are bringing this back.
When you donate to the Watershed Council, your contribution supports environmental education for the children in our community. In 2013, over 90% of our funding went to directly to key programs. Your dollars are used to infuse nature back into childhood.
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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 newest 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.