Irrigation Vandalism of Deschutes River

Photo George Wuerthner

At one time, the Deschutes River had the most even flow of any river in the country. Due to numerous springs that provide most of its waters, the river varied by little more than 6-8 inches between summer and winter, with flows of 700-800 cubic feet per second. Today the river may be as low as 100 CFS in winter to over 2500 CFS in summer when irrigators use the upper segment of the river as an irrigation channel. This variation is devastating to the river’s aquatic ecosystem and dependent species.

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