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Since 1985, WaterWatch has pursued a single clear mission: To protect and restore flows in Oregon rivers to sustain the native fish, wildlife, and the people who depend on healthy rivers.
Dec 19, 2013

2013 Greatest Hits and More

Fielder Dam Removal Project
Fielder Dam Removal Project

WaterWatch is grateful for the support provided by Globalgiving donors. Your generous donations have helped WaterWatch advance an aggressive restoration and protection agenda for streamflows, native fish and wildlife in ecologically significant watersheds across Oregon.

Recent conservation successes made possible with Globalgiving support include the following:

Recent victories that your support for WaterWatch helped make possible include:

  • Real progress towards a modernized Columbia River Treaty with Canada that addresses not only hydropower and flood control but also, for the first time, the health of the Columbia River. 
  • Breakthroughs in a decade-long stalemate to remove Fielder and Wimer Dams on Evans Creek in the Rogue Basin, two of the state’s top ten worst fish passage barriers.
  • Resurgent salmon, steelhead and cutthroat trout in the Rogue River due to the Free the Rogue Campaign dam removals.
  • New hope for streamflows and fish in the Crooked River in the Deschutes Basin below Bowman Dam as a result of new federal legislation.
  • Holding the line on excessive municipal water use at the expense of resident and migratory fish in the Clackamas, McKenzie, Chetco, Nestucca, and Row Rivers.    
  • New limits on damaging suction dredge mining and a revival of Oregon’s obligation to consider designating new river reaches for protection under Oregon’s Scenic Waterway Act.
  • Multiple new science and water management positions that begin to reverse years of legislative disinvestment at the Oregon Water Resources Department. 
  • The launch of a strategic water use monitoring and accountability program in the water-short John Day Basin.

Your support is essential to the continued protection and restoration of rivers and streams across Oregon. Your support helps create rational water policies for Oregon and the West. Oregon is one of the last best places. The issues around water are some of the critical environmental issues of our time. Thank you for your continued support

Wimer Dam Removal Project
Wimer Dam Removal Project
John Day Monitoring Project
John Day Monitoring Project
Protecting streamflows in the Chetco River
Protecting streamflows in the Chetco River

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Dec 19, 2013

Free the Rogue - Phase II

GHID Dam - Rogue River
GHID Dam - Rogue River

The Rogue River in Southern Oregon is one of the nation’s most beloved waterways.  The Rogue was one of the twelve original Wild and Scenic Rivers recognized by Congress in 1968. People travel from all over the world to float the wild Rogue’s wilderness whitewater reaches, to hike a popular wilderness trail along the river, and to fish for salmon, trout and other sport fish. 

The Rogue has historically been a very productive river for salmon and steelhead, producing the largest wild populations in Oregon outside the Columbia River system. WaterWatch's Free the Rogue Campaign has successfully removed four major dams in the basin - three on the mainstem of the river.

Now, we are addressing other dams in the basin that impair fish passage on the Rogue. One such dam is the Gold Hill Irrigation District (GHID) diversion dam. This dam constricts and delays fish passage and harms and kills salmon and steelhead on the Rogue. This low dam that spans most of the length of the river. At times, the diversion takes more than ten times the water allowed by the district’s water rights. There are many design flaws and shortcomings with the system that harm and kill migrating fish in the Rogue.

WaterWatch is now working collaboratively with the irrigation district to modify this dam and diversion to help fish and to return water to the Rogue. We have a design and are looking for funding to complete construction.  The cost of the project is estimated at $249,000. We are seeking funding to build this project.

The benefits of the project will be substantial, eliminating adverse impacts to migrating salmon and steelhead and other native fish caused by the existing system and leaving more water in the Rogue River. We are close to a solution for this dam. We need your help to make the project real.

Dead steelhead - GHID Diversion - Rogue River
Dead steelhead - GHID Diversion - Rogue River

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Apr 25, 2013

We have a plan!

This spring, WaterWatch and the Gold Hill Irrigation District agreed upon a single alternative to modify the existing structure to improve screening and passage while reducing the overall volume of water diverted by the dam.

We entered into another collaborative agreement for the implementation phase. This agreement basically requires us to look for funding to build the preferred alternative. This decision has been supported by both ODFW and NMFS. We recently submitted an application to OWEB to fund the project, and continue to search for matching funds from other sources. ODFW has committed to directly fund some of the improvements in fish passage outlined in the agreement.

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