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Deschutes TU Upcoming Events


10/06/2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deschutes Trout Unlimited - Monthly Board Meeting


11/03/2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deschutes Trout Unlimited - Monthly Board Meeting


12/01/2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deschutes Trout Unlimited - Monthly Board Meeting


01/05/2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deschutes Trout Unlimited - Monthly Board Meeting


02/02/2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Deschutes Trout Unlimited - Monthly Board Meeting

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Trout Unlimited is national organization with more than 150,000 volunteers in 400 chapters nationwide. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected professional staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists in 30 offices throughout the country. Trout Unlimited remains at the forefront of fisheries restoration work at the local, state and national levels.

The Deschutes Chapter of Trout Unlimited currently has over 400 members dedicated to working with all organizations in the area to improve the Upper Deschutes watershed.

Stearns Dam removal on the Crooked River PDF Print E-mail
News - Conservation
Written by Michael Tripp   
Saturday, October 26 2013 08:29

Stearns dam has served it useful life providing diverted water for irrigation purposes for about 100 years. First constructed in 1911 by Sidney Stearns, the log and rock structure would suffer damage from annual spring melt events and ice flows common to the upper Crooked River.  One such event in 1934 was large enough and damaging enough to cause the structure to be rebuilt with a concrete shell over the top for protection. The structure has survived in that state ever since and added protection was afforded in early 1960’s with the construction of Bowman Dam.

Last Updated on Saturday, October 26 2013 08:50
Crooked River dam being dismantled: Century-old dam comes out of Crooked River PDF Print E-mail
News - Conservation
Written by Administrator   
Friday, October 25 2013 06:37
By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin
Published: October 25. 2013 4:00AM PST

PRINEVILLE — An excavator plucked rocks and logs out of Stearns Dam Thursday morning, and the Crooked River began flowing faster through the created notch. The water level in the pool behind the dam began dropping.

“As the pool drained you started to pretty quickly see the river reforming in its primary channel above the dam," said Chris Gannon, executive director of the Crooked River Watershed Council.

After a decade of negotiations and planning, the Stearns Dam south of Prineville is coming out. The removal, led by the Watershed Council, should be done in a couple of weeks and the river will flow free there for the first time in more than 100 years.

“It will be marvelous," said Mike McCabe, Crook County judge.

McCabe was among a group of local, state and federal officials, as well as members of the public, who visited the dam removal site in a tour put on by the Watershed Council. The tour drew about 20 people.

The dam is about 12 miles downstream from Bowman Dam along state Highway 27. Of those dozen miles, eight are protected under a wild and scenic designation by the Bureau of Land Management, said Michelle McSwain, assistant field manager with the Bureau of Land Management in Prineville.

Not only is the Chimney Rock segment of the Lower Crooked Wild and Scenic River an increasingly popular place for people to visit, it also is prime habitat for trout, salmon and steelhead.

While dams and diversions around Central Oregon have long blocked salmon and steelhead, which migrate to and from the Pacific Ocean, their native runs are being restored.

Removal of the Stearns Dam is the latest project in the effort to bring back Central Oregon salmon and steelhead. Passage around or over the Rice-Baldwin Dam must also be created. The Rice-Baldwin Dam is about a mile downstream of Stearns Dam.

Restoring Soda Creek and the Sparks Lake Meadow PDF Print E-mail
News - Conservation
Written by Michael Tripp   
Sunday, October 13 2013 18:42

Restoring Soda Creek and the Sparks Lake Meadow, By Mike Tripp

After years of use and abuse, Soda Creek and the meadow near Sparks Lake is getting some help and returning to the natural channel and alluvial fan from the past. Soda Creek tumbles down from Broken Top and winds its way through the spectacular meadow on the way to Sparks Lake in the Cascade Mountains. Restoration work on the creek and meadow is being led by the Forest Service and Trout Unlimited, with the help of volunteers and funding from the National Forest Foundation.

Thanks to Travel Oregon staff and volunteers, another phase of the Soda Creek restoration project was completed recently, with a planting along the creek as the winter snows approached. Travel Oregon ( works to promote and develop the touristic economy of Oregon, with offices in Portland, Salem and Eugene. Since they are dedicated to stewardship of our natural spaces in Oregon, their Executive Committee decided to show their support for volunteerism by showing up in the middle of a snow storm to help complete our field work this year.

The weather was blustery and snowy, and the road unplowed. Undaunted, 13 volunteers turned out to enthusiastically assist our local TU Chapter and the Forest Service. Over 260 willow, sedge and rush plugs were planted by hand to help stabilize newly restored stream banks. 2 acres of restored floodplain were seeded with a mix of 8 plants: including sedges, grasses, lupine, yarrow and phaselia.

Soda Creek is one of several streams feeding Sparks Lake, in remarkable scenery tucked between Mt Bachelor, the Three Sisters and Broken Top. While there are no fish native to these waters, Eastern Brooks and Cutthroats have become established after prior stockings. To help conserve fish in the creek, volunteers even helped the Forest Service move fish out of the construction area, before the channel and floodplain were impacted.


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