Deschutes Land Trust Buys Whychus Creek Land
Apr 05, 2017
The Source WeeklyThe Deschutes Land Trust has purchased 130 acres of land along Whychus Creek near Sisters, as part of the organization's ongoing campaign to restore and enhance the creek and its floodplain. The purchase, part of the new Willow Springs Preserve, includes close to one mile of waterfront along Whychus Creek.
In addition to donations, DLT was able to purchase the land by leveraging funding from nonprofit funder Craft3.
"Early donors to the Campaign provided the essential private funding which allowed us to work with partners to quickly secure the property," said Brad Chalfant, DLT executive director, in a Tuesday release. "The Campaign is now in the final months and we need the community to continue stepping up, donating to the Campaign and helping us achieve this important community vision."
DLT is currently developing a management plan—which includes community use and restoration—for the Willow Springs Preserve. In the meantime, the public can access the Preserve through guided tours. Visit deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes for more information.
Deschutes River Alliance Lawsuit moves forward
A Federal District Court judge has rejected a motion by Portland General Electric to dismiss a Clean Water Act lawsuit initiated by the Deschutes River Alliance.
Last summer, DRA filed a suit against PGE, alleging that PGE is failing to uphold state water quality requirements at the Pelton-Round Butte dam complex. According to the suit, the facility's Selective Water Withdrawal tower above Round Butte Dam is elevating temperatures in the Deschutes River, as well as altering pH and dissolved oxygen levels—causing "severe ecological changes in the lower Deschutes," say DRA representatives.
PGE countered by arguing that citizens do not have the right to enforce Clean Water Act regulations for hydroelectric projects. Judge Michael Simon rejected that argument, citing the Clean Water Act's "citizen suit" provision.