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Habitat Conservation Plan / Oregon Spotted Frog

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT REACHED IN SPOTTED FROG LAWSUIT - October 28, 2016

MADRAS, Ore. – Five central Oregon irrigation districts, the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and two environmental groups submitted to Judge Ann Aiken earlier today a settlement agreement intended to resolve two lawsuits related to the Oregon spotted frog. The settlement represents a science-based effort to improve Oregon spotted frog habitat in the Deschutes Basin, avoid adverse impacts to other species, and protect the rights and livelihoods of central Oregon communities, family farmers, and ranchers. The settlement agreement will not go into effect unless it is approved by Judge Aiken. read more....

 

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT IN OREGON SPOTTED FROG LAWSUIT SUBMITTED FOR COURT APPROVAL - October 28, 2016

On October 28, 2016, five central Oregon irrigation districts (Arnold, Central Oregon, Lone Pine, North Unit, and Tumalo), the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and two environmental groups submitted to Judge Ann Aiken a settlement agreement intended to resolve two lawsuits related to the Oregon spotted frog. The settlement agreement will go into effect only if it is approved by Judge Aiken. read more...

 

PROPOSED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT - OCTOBER 28, 2016

 

NORTH UNIT IRRIGATION DISTRICT PATRON LETTER - OCTOBER 28, 2016

This week, North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) signed a settlement agreement to end the current litigation over the Oregon spotted frog.  It wasn't an easy choice, but this settlement is in the best interest of the District and, we believe, our landowners and water users. This letter briefly describes how the settlement will affect NUID. read more...


 


Judge Aiken - Opinion and Order

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CONTACT YOUR SENATORS

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Oregon Farm Bureau Advocacy to submit a Letter of Support

 


Oregon Spotted Frog - How can you help?

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Madras Redevelopment Commission - March 9, 2016 - Letter of Support

City of Madras - February 17, 2016 - Letter of Support

Oregon Farm Bureau - February 9, 2016 - Letter of Support

Family Farm Alliance - February 8, 2016 - Letter of Support

County Commissioners Letter - February 2016 - Letter of Support

Oregon Water Resources Congress - February 2016 - Letter of Support

 

WaterWatch of Oregon - January 11, 2016 - Lawsuit

 

Center for Biological Diversity - December 18, 2015 - Lawsuit


Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan - video

clicking on video will take you to the COID website so you can view it

 

Documentary - Irrigation Modernization - from Farmers Conservation Alliance - January 2016

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Documentary - Dead Harvest - from Gar Tootelian - December 2015

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NUID - Managers Message - December 2015

Many of you are familiar with the challenge facing the district, its patrons and its basin partners.  For those who aren’t, two environmental groups are threatening legal action against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and several irrigation districts regarding potential harm to the Oregon Spotted Frog and its habitat in the Deschutes Basin. read more...

 

NUID - Memo: The Proposed Listing of the Oregon Spotted Frog - August 21, 2014

For several years, North Unit Irrigation District and Central Oregon’s other irrigation districts (Districts), and the City of Prineville, have been developing the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). read more...

 

Oregon Congressional Delegation Contact Information

 

Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC)

Website - www.dbbcirrigation.com


DBBC - KTVZ - Federal judge orders settlement talks in spotted frog lawsuit - April 10, 2016

Issues opinion denying injunction, also won't dismiss suit

EUGENE, Ore. -U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken has ordered the Center for Biological Diversity, WaterWatch of Oregon, five Central Oregon irrigation districts and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to meet in an attempt to resolve their dispute over the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

DBBC - My Central Oregon - Judge Denies Spotted Frog Injunction - April 10, 2016

Bend, Ore. – Federal Judge Ann Aiken has ordered the Center for Biological Diversity, WaterWatch of Oregon, five Central Oregon Irrigation Districts, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to meet to resolve their dispute over the Oregon spotted frog. According to a news release from the Deschutes Basin Board of Control: read more...

 

DBBC - Court Issues Opinion Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction in Oregon Spotted Frog Case - April 8, 2016

Environmental groups’ requests to set trial date and to stay issuance of the formal opinion also denied.

Bend, Ore. – April 8, 2016 - Federal Judge Ann Aiken has ordered the Center for Biological Diversity, WaterWatch of Oregon, five Central Oregon Irrigation Districts, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to meet to resolve their dispute over the Oregon spotted frog. read more...


DBBC - Law360 New York - Oregon Dams Won’t Open For Spotted Frogs Even A Tad - April 8, 2016

Law360, New York -- An Oregon federal judge has sided with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the state of Oregon, several irrigation districts and a Native American tribe in rejecting a bid by the Center for Biological Diversity to change dam flows on the upper Deschutes River to protect the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

DBBC - Preliminary Injunction Update - March 28, 2016

I wanted to take an opportunity to update you on the Oregon spotted frog lawsuit. It’s been a busy week, to say the least. read more...

 

DBBC- Spotted Frog Update - March 4, 2016

The DBBC fully supports efforts to benefit fish and wildlife species, including the Oregon spotted frog. While the DBBC has been working diligently with the entire community to ensure the future of the frog, the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon are choosing to go it alone in the courts, instead of collaborating with the rest of our community. These groups threaten to undermine our region’s ability to manage our most precious resource in a way that benefits the frog, other fish and wildlife, our water resources, and our local economy. read more...

 

Deschutes Basin Board of Control - Lawsuits Threaten Central Oregon Communities - February 09, 2016

Madras, Oregon – A preliminary injunction filed today in federal court by two environmental groups seeks to disrupt the water supplies of thousands of families throughout Oregon’s Deschutes Basin, including families in the communities of Bend, Madras, Redmond, and Tumalo. The two groups are asking the court to impose abrupt and severe restrictions on three reservoirs, which provide over 6,000 farms, ranches, and homes with water for crops, horses and other animals, gardens, schools, and parks. Collaborative, science-based efforts to improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Deschutes River involving local, state and federal agencies, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and conservation groups may also be affected by the litigation. read more...

 

DBBC - PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION MOTION FILED BY ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS: DESCHUTES BASIN IRRIGATION WATER AT RISK - February 09, 2016

Two environmental groups are asking a federal court to impose an abrupt and unprecedented change to the operations of three reservoirs in Oregon’s Deschutes Basin. read more...

 

DBBC - Deschutes Project Interim Operations through Completion of Section 7 Consultation - February 09, 2016

On September 18, 2015, before lawsuits were filed by the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon, the Arnold, Central Oregon, Lone Pine, North Unit, and Tumalo irrigation districts (“Districts”) voluntarily implemented changes to the operations of Crane Prairie, Wickiup, and
Crescent Lake reservoirs to improve habitat for the Oregon spotted frog (“OSF Proposal”). read more...

 

DBBC - Summary of Deschutes Reservoir Operations under Preliminary Injunction Sought by CBD and WaterWatch - February 09, 2016

On February 9, 2016, the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon filed a joint motion for preliminary injunction against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Central Oregon, North Unit, and Tumalo irrigation districts. CBD and WaterWatch are seeking abrupt and significant changes to the operations of Crane Prairie, Wickiup, and Crescent Lake reservoirs. read more...

 

Oregon Spotted Frog Update - Second Lawsuit Filed - January 11, 2016

A water conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and three irrigation districts in Central Oregon, saying the agency and the district’s management of the Deschutes River is harming river health and habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. read more...


The Deschutes Basin Board of Control - Improving Fish & Wildlife Habitat Brochure - January 11, 2016

Farming and ranching have long played important roles in Central Oregon's development. Agriculture continues to contribute to the region's economy through job creation, capital investment, and reliable economic activity. click here to view brochure

 

Media release Oregon Spotted Frog Litigation - December 18, 2015

Madras, Oregon – Irrigation districts throughout the Deschutes Basin are concerned with a lawsuit filed
today by the Center for Biological Diversity filed against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the
Oregon spotted frog, which was recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. read more...

 

Oregon Spotted Frog Update - August 1, 2015

On July 21, 2015, the Center for Biological Diversity (Center) submitted a formal notice of
intent to initiate litigation against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) regarding
potential harm to the Oregon spotted frog from Reclamation facilities and their operations in the
Deschutes Basin. read more...

 

Statement regarding the Center for Biological Diversity's notice of intent to sue the U.S. - July 22, 2015

We understand the Center for Biological Diversity has submitted a formal notice of intent to sue
the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation regarding the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

The Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan - February 2014

What the DBHCP is All About
Seven irrigation districts (Arnold, Central Oregon, North Unit, Ochoco, Swalley, Three Sisters and Tumalo) and the City of Prineville are preparing the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (DBHCP) to support their applications to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for incidental take permits. Once approved, the permits will cover any future harm of threatened and endangered species that may occur during the storage, release, diversion and return of irrigation water by the Districts, and various activities by the City. read more...

 

Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan Brochure - December 7, 2014

Central Oregon irrigation districts play a pivotal role in the Deschutes Basin. Responsibly conveying water to farms, parks, ranches and schools, the seven districts that comprise the Deschutes Basin Board of Control (Districts) are essential to the region’s social and economic infrastructure. click here to view brochure

 

DBBC - A Profile August 2014

The Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC) is comprised of seven Central Oregon irrigation districts, including Arnold, Central Oregon, North Unit, Ochoco, Swalley, Three Sisters, and Tumalo (Distircts). read more...

 


NEWS

Bend Bulletin - Senate bill could fund Central Oregon water projects - May 20, 2016

A U.S. Senate bill could help pay for Central Oregon water-related projects that aim to conserve water and improve habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Feds set critical habitat for spotted frog - May 10, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday set critical habitat areas in Oregon and Washington for the animal. The service listed the frog as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act in 2014. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Judge denies request, issues opinion - April 13, 2016

In a second win for Central Oregon irrigation districts, the federal judge who denied an injunction that would have forced dramatic changes in the flow of irrigation water issued an opinion and order April 6. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Editorial: Deschutes Basin needs help from Oregon’s delegation - April 3, 2016

Oregon’s Congressional delegation needs to figure out what the federal government can do to protect frogs, farmers, the fish and all the rest of us in the Deschutes River Basin from the repercussions of the lawsuit over the Oregon Spotted Frog. read more...


Bend Bulletin - Irrigation season begins amid continued concern about drought - April 2, 2016

Drought conditions last year and recent measures to help the Oregon spotted frog are expected to affect water availability in Central Oregon for the upcoming irrigation season. read more...

 

The Source - Editorial: A Voice for Jefferson County - March 30, 2016

A lawsuit pertaining to the upper Deschutes River between Wickiup Reservoir and the City of Bend is ongoing. Last week, a federal judge denied the request of two major environmental groups to require immediate changes to water flow, which varies drastically with the irrigation season. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Groups seek settlement talks in spotted frog case - March 25, 2016

Two groups suing to change water management practices in the Deschutes River Basin to protect a threatened frog are asking the federal judge in the cases to set dates for both sides to meet out of court to see whether they can come closer to settling the matter without a trial. read more...

 

KTVZ - No small potatoes: Madras farmers relieved by judge's ruling - March 24, 2016

MADRAS, Ore. - Central Oregon farmers are breathing a sigh of relief after a federal judge denied two environmental groups' requests for an injunction to protect the Oregon spotted frog. click here to view entire article...

 

Madras Pioneer - Judge to deny injunction in spotted frog case - March 23, 2016

SHERRILL ALLEY - Farmers and concerned citizens packed the courtroom at the U.S. District Court of Oregon in Eugene on Tuesday afternoon for the hearing on a lawsuit by two environmental groups seeking an injunction against three Central Oregon irrigation districts that would impact allocation of water from their reservoirs. North Unit, Central Oregon and Tumalo irrigation districts were named in the lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - J.C. farmers release commercial, put up road signs - March 23, 2016

SUSAN MATHENY - Signs have been placed along U.S. Highway 26 north of Madras by the local farmers' group PerfectBalance to help educate the public about the importance of agriculture. read more...

 

KTVZ - U.S. judge rejects bid for court order to change Deschutes flows - March 22, 2016

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected two environmental groups' request for a speedy court order to dramatically change Deschutes River flow management before this spring's irrigation season, ruling they had failed to prove such a move is needed to protect a threatened frog species. click here to view entire article....

 

Capital Press - Judge tells enviros not to expect injunction to protect spotted frog - March 22, 2016

A federal judge has told plaintiffs that she's inclined to rule against their request for an injunction to modify water flow at Central Oregon reservoirs to benefit the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Lawsuits threaten $100M industry - March 16, 2015

HOLLY M. GILL - Reed Grote, the branch manager at Ag West, said sales are down by as much as $1.8 million since the lawsuits were announced back in August. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Editorial: Don't endanger Central Oregon farmers - March 15, 2016

Some Central Oregon irrigators are in a very uncertain place. With spring on the horizon, they don’t know what their water supply will be this summer, and until they do, they cannot make basic decisions about what and where to plant. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Funding the water fight - March 9, 2016

Local rancher JoHanna Symons was surprised when her request on the website gofundme raised a whopping $12,350 from 78 donors in one day, to fund a TV commercial about the Oregon spotted frog lawsuits and their impact on local farmers. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Farmers react to lawsuits - March 9, 2016

Leroy Buck, of Three Fold Farms, has about 300 acres he farms, north of Madras. He's in the process of putting in a pumpback system to reuse irrigation water on the farm. Buck, standing next to the electrical conduit, has put in a pump station on the north end of the field. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Governor wants state involved in lawsuit - March 9, 2016

Gov. Kate Brown announced last week that the state of Oregon is seeking to join the Deschutes Basin Oregon spotted frog litigation as a friend of the court, with the goal of resolving the water management conflict through a collaborative, court-sponsored process. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - State looks to intervene in spotted frog litigation - March 3, 2016

The state of Oregon is attempting to push the parties in a lawsuit concerning the Oregon spotted frog toward a negotiated settlement, Gov. Kate Brown’s office announced Wednesday. read more...

 

KTVZ - Oregon jumps into Deschutes River spotted frog fray - March 3, 2016

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday the state is asking to join the Deschutes Basin Oregon spotted frog federal litigation as a friend of the court, "with the goal of resolving the water management conflict through a collaborative, court-sponsored process." read more...


Madras Pioneer - North Unit lobbies for habit plan funds - March 2, 2015

If there's one thing on the mind of Jefferson County residents — from farmers and ranchers to business owners — it's how much irrigation water will be flowing to North Unit Irrigation District patrons this spring.
A drought, which left the district's reservoir depleted at the end of last year's irrigation season, and lawsuits filed in federal court by two environmental groups have the potential to slow the flow of irrigation water to the water-dependent region. read more...

 

The Oregonian - Deschutes Basin farmers worry spotted frog lawsuit could restrict irrigation water - February 10, 2016

MADRAS — The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring.
Even so, farmers are busy calculating their costs for the spring planting season, and this year they're factoring in a little bit of fear. read more...

 

Source Weekly - Water Rights - Conservation efforts questioned - February 17, 2016

The high flow in Pilot Butte Canal may be cause for concern.
Lawsuits filed by environmental groups against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and multiple Central Oregon water districts, including the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID), demand changes to the way the Deschutes River's water is managed. The environmental groups are using the destruction of habitat of the spotted frog and the federal Endangered Species Act to trigger changes in Central Oregon's water management. Just below the surface of the requested injunction, run deeper questions: At what point are senior water rights holders accountable for environmental damage? Is there any way to improve an antiquated water rights system? Should senior water rights holders have the right to the last drop of water? read more...

 

Central Oregonian - Frog threat to irrigation shakes the entire region - February 16, 2016

Farmers and ranchers throughout most of Central Oregon are very nervous — and for good reason.
Last week, two environmental organizations — the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon — filed preliminary injunctions against the Bureau of Reclamation and three Central Oregon irrigation districts, aimed at immediately and substantially reducing irrigation management of three Central Oregon reservoirs. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Preliminary injunction could cut water - February 10, 2016

OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - The Oregon spotted frog is at the center of two lawsuits and an injunction motion filed by two environmental groups that is asking a federal court to stop three area water districts, including North Unit Irrigation District, from storing water in reservoirs. The motion won't be heard until sometime in March.
A preliminary injunction to impose abrupt irrigation water restrictions in the Deschutes Basin was filed in federal court Feb. 9, by two environmental groups, the Center for Biological Diversity and WaterWatch of Oregon. read more...

 

KTVZ -  Madras fears cutting irrigation will dry up community - February 17, 2016

MADRAS, Ore. - Out in the fields of Jefferson County, more than 70 percent of America's carrot seed is grown, but it's inside the office where the books are kept that farmer Tom Kirsch worries that number could dip in the future. click here to view

 

Bend Bulletin - Irrigation district braces for costs of lawsuits - February 16, 2016

The Tumalo Irrigation District has added an additional fee for patrons in anticipation of mounting legal costs associated with recently filed lawsuits over Oregon spotted frog habitat.
The district instituted a $175 fee this year for each water right account holder to help pay for litigation as well as for public relations during the court case. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Frog lawsuit could change Deschutes River flows - February 14, 2016

Environmentalists and irrigators have differing opinions on how a court order being sought for changes in Deschutes River flows upstream of Bend would affect farms, ranches and other water users. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Jefferson County growers fear the loss of irrigation water -  February 07, 2016

The farm fields in Jefferson County are quiet this time of year, the irrigation ditches dry, the crops dormant and the tractors, combines and balers parked in barns until spring.
Even so, farmers are busy calculating their costs for the spring planting season, and this year they’re factoring in a little bit of fear. read more

 

Source Weekly - A River Used To Run Through It - February 03, 2016

"In Oregon, rivers and streams belong to the public, but no law stops private water users from completely draining a stream. It is often perfectly legal to take the last drops from a river, and our state agencies do little to correct, or even document the problem," according to WaterWatch's Rivers Without Water, Oregon's Unnatural Disaster publication. read more

 

Bend Bulletin - Editorial: WaterWatch has a valid point about the Deschutes - January 31, 2016

In the matter of the lawsuit filed by WaterWatch of Oregon over the Oregon spotted frog, WaterWatch has a point.
We don’t agree with the lawsuit or think a lawsuit is a good strategy for improving the river. read more

 

Bend Bulletin - Letter: Oregon Spotted Frog issue should not be solved with a lawsuit - January 30, 2016

Recent articles in the Bulletin may have you asking: What is all the fuss with the spotted frog?
The Oregon spotted frog is native to the Pacific Northwest, but reduction in populations prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the species as threatened in 2014. The largest remaining frog populations are in the Upper Deschutes River, which also happens to be where we get the irrigation water that allowed Central Oregon to begin developing a century ago. read more

 

Bend Bulletin - Editorial: Impatience won't lead to best basin solution - January 19, 2016

One of the most endangered things in the Deschutes Basin is the collaboration that has found ways to improve flows in the region’s waters. read more...

 

Bend Bulletin - Lawsuits call for Deschutes River changes to help frogs - January 18, 2016

A pair of lawsuits over the Oregon spotted frog focus on Deschutes River flows between Wickiup Reservoir and Bend. read more...

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Madras Pioneer - WaterWatch files lawsuit over spotted frog - January 13, 2016

WaterWatch files a lawsuit aimed at saving the habitat of the Oregon spotted frog. The lawsuit is the second filed against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation concerning the spotted frog. Last month, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a similar lawsuit. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Merkley talks frogs at town hall - January 13, 2016

A crowd of area residents, including a large number of farmers and ranchers, packed into the Madras COCC campus last week for Sen. Jeff Merkley's annual town hall meeting. read more...

 

The Bulletin - Second lawsuit focuses on Deschutes River - January 12, 2016

A water conservation group has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and three irrigation districts in Central Oregon, saying the agency and the district’s management of the Deschutes River is harming river health and habitat for the Oregon spotted frog. read more...

 

WaterWatch - Lawsuit Filed to Stop Harm to Deschutes River - January 11, 2016

BEND, OR – Today, WaterWatch of Oregon filed suit in federal district court against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and several irrigation districts over harm caused by their water use operations in the Upper Deschutes River. read more...

 

KTVZ - Senator Merkley Video - January 8, 2016

BEND, Ore. - Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., made his rounds on the High Desert Tuesday, holding three town hall meetings, the last in Bend, at which he was asked about the gun control, wildlife preservation and his stance on the wildlife refuge occupation. click here to view video

 

Madras Pioneer - Lawsuit over danger to Oregon spotted frog - January 6, 2016

HOLLY M. GILL - U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden listens to a large gathering of local residents - particularly farmers and ranchers concerned with litigation over the Oregon spotted frog - at his annual town hall in Madras. The meeting was held Monday, at the Madras City Hall. read more...

 

Capital Press - Saving frogs, killing farms on lawsuit at a time - December 31, 2015

Rik Dalvit/For the Capital Press
Central Oregon farmers and ranchers are endangered by a lawsuit filed on behalf of the Oregon spotted frog. read more...


Madras Pioneer - Group files lawsuit over spotted frog - December 23, 2015

After months of uncertainty, area irrigation districts learned that the Center for Biological Diversity had filed a lawsuit Dec. 18, against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over the Oregon spotted frog, which was recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. read more...


The Bulletin - Dams hurting frog habitat, lawsuit against feds claims - December 19, 2015

A conservation group has filed suit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, alleging the operation of the Wickiup and Crane Prairie dams is damaging the habitat of the Oregon spotted frog. read more...


Center for Biological Diversity - Lawsuit Filed to Protect Threatened Oregon Spotted Frog -

December 18, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over harm to the federally protected Oregon spotted frog from operation of the Crane Prairie and Wickiup dams on the Deschutes River. read more...

 

The Bulletin - Editorial: Don't force a water solution - Decmeber 13, 2015

You don’t have to be an expert to know the Deschutes River has a problem in winter. Below Wickiup Reservoir, the flows can slow to a relative trickle of 20 cubic feet per second. That strands and kills fish and other wildlife. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Support has been amazing by Mike Britton - December 2, 2015

Many of you are familiar with the challenge facing the district, its patrons and its basin partners. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - NUID still waiting - September 23, 2015

North Unit Irrigation District was still waiting for word Monday on whether it will be facing a lawsuit over concerns about the spotted frog. read more...

 

The Bulletin - Editorial: Collaborate, don't litigate, the problems on the Deschutes - September 22, 2015

The courts may become a venue for a war over water in the Deschutes River Basin. Two environmental groups — WaterWatch of Oregon and the Center for Biological Diversity — have said they might sue over water management. read more...

 

The Bulletin - Letter to the editor: Threatened lawsuit on spotted frogs is not productive -

September 16, 2015

WaterWatch of Oregon and Center for Biological Diversity threaten to sue Central Oregon, Tumalo and North Unit Irrigation Districts along with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over Oregon spotted frog habitat. Am I the only Central Oregonian disgusted with endless destructive environmental lawsuits? read more...

 

The Bulletin - Letter: Let's collaborate on improving the Deschutes Basin - September 10, 2015

The sentiments expressed in an Aug. 27 letter, “Water usage must change to help the Deschutes River,” resonate deeply with me. Like the author, I take every opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders and recreational opportunities that we are so fortunate to have at our Central Oregon doorsteps. I share his concern about the future of the Deschutes River basin. But my relationship with our watershed has another dimension.

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Madras Pioneer - Threatened lawsuits target irrigation - September 2, 2015

Some 150 local farmers and business people heard about the stark potential effects of two threatened lawsuits against North Unit Irrigation District and other agencies, if they end up in court, at a town hall meeting Aug. 26, at the Madras Performing Arts Center. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Potential lawsuits a threat to us all - September 2, 2015

It had to be disheartening, to say the least, for the North Unit Irrigation District to learn of the lawsuit intentions of two environmental groups.

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The Bulletin - Letter: Water usage must change to help the Deschutes River - August 27, 2015

Fishing is my life. Most days you’ll find me at my fly-fishing shop in Sisters, but every chance I get I head out on the water, either guiding other anglers or casting a fly myself. I’ve fished all over the world, but in my mind there’s no better place to fish than the Deschutes Basin’s legendary waters. I consider it an incredible privilege to be able to make a living fishing in the same area where I grew up and fished with my grandparents. read more...

 

The Source - Out to Dry - August 26, 2015

WaterWatch of Oregon says that agencies responsible for management of the Crane Prairie, Wickiup, and Crescent Lake dams and reservoirs are causing harm to the threatened Oregon spotted frog. And if they don't take action to comply with federal law, the conservation organization intends to sue. read more...

 

Capital Press - Legal action threatened over spotted frog habitat - August 26, 2015

Central Oregon irrigation districts worry spotted frog litigation will restrict water use. Two environmental groups have given notice they intend to sue over dam and reservoir operations on the Deschutes River. read more...


Madras Pioneer - NUID calls town hall over threatened lawsuit - August 19, 2015

A lawsuit against North Unit Irrigation District and three other groups is being threatened by WaterWatch of Oregon, a nonprofit river conservation group, over alleged harm caused by water operations in the Upper Deschutes River. read more...

 

The Bulletin - Editorial: Protection from the Endangered Species Act - August 17, 2015

Downstream from Bend, the Deschutes River used to nearly run dry every summer. Most of the river’s water gets legally diverted by irrigation districts at Bend. read more...


Family Farm Alliance - Environmental Groups Sue Over Oregon Spotted Frog see pg. 7 - August 2015

Over 150 Deschutes Basin (OREGON) local farmers and ranchers on August 26 attended a public briefing to learn more about litigation they have been threatened with by two environmental organizations over the Oregon Spotted Frog, read more...

 

Center for Biological Diversity - Lawsuit Launched to Protect Deschutes River Oregon Spotted Frogs - July 21, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today submitted a formal notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Reclamation over operation and maintenance of the Crane Prairie and Wickiup dams, which are harming the Oregon spotted frog on the Deschutes River. read more...