WaterWatch of Oregon

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 21, 2015

Success!

Rogue Dam Removals courtesy of River Design Group
Rogue Dam Removals courtesy of River Design Group

Thanks to your support, WaterWatch and project partners successfully completed demolition in summer 2015 and removed Fielder and Wimer dams from Evans Creek in the Rogue Basin.

These two obsolete dams ranked fourth and eighth on the state of Oregon's top fish passage barrier priorities list. Their removal reconnects up to 70 miles of high-quality habitat in Evans Creek and continues to build on our highly successful "Free the Rogue" campaign, which has now helped achieve the removal or notching of Savage Rapids, Gold Hill, Gold Ray, and Elk Creek dams to benefit Rogue Basin salmon and steelhead.

All funds generated in this campaign helped our work in bringing down the dams, and this campaign is now complete. Thank you!

Keep an eye out for upcoming projects to continue our mission to protect and restore streamflows in Oregon's rivers. We couldn't do this necessary work without such dedicated supporters.

Happy Holidays!

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Dec 16, 2015

Dams Removed, More Progress Thanks to You!

Dam Removal - Phase 1
Dam Removal - Phase 1

You did it! Thanks to your support, we removed two dams!

In summer 2015, WaterWatch removed Fielder and Wimer Dams from Evans Creek in the Rogue Basin. Our Free the Rogue campaign is now funded!

These two obsolete dams were ranked as the fourth and eighth worst fish passage barriers in Oregon. Removal will reconnect up to 70 miles of high-quality habitat in Evans Creek for Rogue Basin salmon and steelhead. Access is now reopened for native fish on a key spawning tributary of the Rogue River. Evans Creek is now entirely free-flowing at both sites and Rogue salmon and steelhead will regain improved access to some 70 miles of quality habitat in the upper reaches of the creek.

We couldn’t have done it without you! To give you an idea of what the dam removal looked like, peruse some of the photo clips below.

This is a huge victory for Oregon's rivers, but our work statewide is far from over. Contribute to our campaign to support Oregon's rivers, streams, and lakes for the fish, wildlife, and people that depend on them!

Dam Removal - Phase 2
Dam Removal - Phase 2
Dam Removal - Phase 3
Dam Removal - Phase 3

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Jun 24, 2015

In the Home Stretch

No more fish rescue efforts like this one
No more fish rescue efforts like this one

Thanks to your support, in late April, WaterWatch was able to leverage another $79,000 for the second and final phase of this project. Now, we're on the verge of completing the project and securing major benefits for the Rogue River and its fish. This summer, we expect to have contractors install the remaining pipe and complete construction of the fish exclusion device at the Gold Hill Irrigation District Diversion dam to complete this improtant project for the Rogue's fish.

 Once completed the project will prevent fish from entering the district's diversion and give the district control over the amount of water that enters its system. This will leave more water in the Rogue River and help solve one of the major fish passage problems on the main stem Rogue River.

Please help us complete this project to protect migratory and resident fish and leave more water in the Rogue River.

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