Working to restore cooler, cleaner water to the lower Deschutes River

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About the Deschutes River Alliance

Our Mission

The Deschutes River Alliance is a science-based advocacy organization seeking collaborative solutions to basin-wide threats to the health of the Deschutes River and its tributaries. We advocate for water quality, a healthy ecosystem, and for the establishment and protection of robust populations of resident and anadromous fish throughout the river’s entire watershed. 

How We Execute Our Mission

Since 2013, the DRA Science Team has worked tirelessly to determine the source and extent of significant negative environmental changes occurring in the lower Deschutes River. Led by experts in water quality and aquatic insects, we are working to create a strong scientific case supporting our understanding of these changes so we can effectively advocate for thoughtful solutions. The DRA has been deeply engaged with communities in the Deschutes Basin to assess the social and economic impacts that the degrading river conditions are having throughout north Central Oregon.

The DRA has engaged the managing agencies, dam operators, NGOs, and other stakeholders in these critical environmental issues, sharing our data, analysis, and concerns at every opportunity. We will continue to advocate for cold, clean water in the lower Deschutes River and throughout the basin. Our goal is to move collectively toward management strategies that improve anadromous fish reintroduction in the upper Deschutes Basin, while returning the lower Deschutes River to its previous healthy condition.