Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broads • Entered by Joanne Richter on January 13, 2022

Deschutes Basin Water Collaborative meeting

January 10, 2022

Participants and Hours

Pre Planning hours 0
Post Admin hours 0.5
Activity Hours 6
Participants 1
Total Hours 6.5

Key Issue: Water-related Conservation
Activity Type: Other Administration (reporting, emails, calls, planning)
Key Partners: Several water management agencies including the Deschutes River Coalition and local irrigation districts and
Landscape/area: Deschutes National Forest (1612218 acres)

Short Description of Activity

I’ve been representing the Central OR Bitterbrush Broads on this committee for several years now. The goal of the group is to find a balance of allocating limited water resources in the basin to agriculture and municipal interests, while still protecting adequate flows in the Deschutes River. The river never gets enough, but there’ve been improvements forced by a recently completed Habitat Conservation Plan.

Reflection/Evaluation

Progress in this group is painfully slow, but many constituents are at least “at the table.”