Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan

The goal of developing a Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) is to provide sufficient, reliable water for residents and farmers while conserving fish, wildlife, and water resources.

Click here for more information.

Brushfires around Newberry Volcanic Monument

A new wildfire prompted closure of U.S. Highway 20 west of Santiam Pass and a second closure near Suttle Lake Tuesday afternoon, hours after three new brushfires erupted around the Newberry National Volcanic Monument south of Bend, one prompting evacuations of Lava River Cave and the Lava Lands Visitor Center, authorities said.

For details Click here.

Deschutes County Transportation Capital Improvement plan

At our recent Upper Deschutes River Coalition monthly meeting questions were presented to Deschutes County Commissioners Tony DeBone and Phil Henderson concerning the County’s 5-year Transportation Capital Improvement Plan. Chris Doty, Director, Deschutes County Road Department, has provided the attached list showing the anticipated revenue (capital and SDC) and the proposed projects the county intends to construct in the next five years.  This list was approved prior to the recent Transportation Funding Package passed by the Oregon Legislature – which will result in additional revenue and corresponding projects to this list.

Click to view: Deschutes County Transportation Capital Improvement Plan

Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan public meetings

The next phase of the nearly decadelong process of creating a habitat conservation plan for the Deschutes River Basin will begin in Bend and Madras on Monday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting a total of four meetings — two in Bend, two in Madras — where members of the public can learn about the process of creating a long-term plan that will meet the needs of farmers and other water users, while also ensuring that the Oregon spotted frog and other threatened species living in the basin will be protected in the future.

• 2 and 6 p.m. Monday at the Inn at Keys Cross Station, 66 NW Cedar St., Madras
• 2 and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Forest Service headquarters, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend

Bend Bulletin Article

Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the potential impacts on the human environment caused by alternatives to the Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (Deschutes River Basin HCP). The Deschutes River Basin HCP is being prepared in support of a request for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) incidental take permit (ITP) or ITPs authorizing incidental take of listed species caused by covered activities.

The public scoping period begins with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register.To ensure consideration, please send your written comments postmarked no later than September 22, 2017. The Service will consider all comments on the scope of the draft EIS analysis that are received or postmarked by this date. Comments received or postmarked after this date will be considered to the extent practicable.

Public meetings: The Service will conduct four public scoping meetings: Two in Madras, Oregon, and two in Bend, Oregon. The two Madras scoping meetings will be held on August 14, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., respectively, and the two Bend scoping meetings will be held on August 15, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., respectively.

Federal Register Notice

Solar Eclipse Preparedness

OSU Extension Service: Solar Eclipse Preparedness

A total solar eclipse will be occurring in Oregon on August 21, 2017 and North Central Oregon has the best chance of clear skies and view. County officials are expecting approximately 200,000 visitors to begin arriving in Central Oregon four to six days before the solar eclipse taxing our supplies, services and infrastructure. Planning and preparing for the unexpected will help residents experience this event with patience and resilience.

For a quick checklist of tips: Points to Consider for Preparation

For more details on preparing your home and family for this event, go to our web page: Solar Eclipse Preparedness

Sunriver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Keep up to date on what is happening in the Sunriver area. Click to sign up for the Sunriver Chamber of Commerce weekly newsletter featuring events, activities, lodging deals, and more.

Upper Deschutes River Cleanup

Sunriver Nature Center: Upper Deschutes River Cleanup

September 23, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sunriver Nature Center, 57245 River Road.
Volunteer Registration

We will meet at the Sunriver Nature Center at 9:00am, break into several small groups and head out to locations within Sunriver along the Upper Deschutes and near Benham Falls. All supplies provided, including bags and vinyl gloves.

Coordinator: Kody Osborne