The coalition of eight organizations working to protect our unique quality of life has adopted its first priority for a healthy
Tumalo Creek is Bend’s backyard recreation waterway, including the magical headwater springs, the scenic Tumalo Falls, the challenging canyon trails, the heart of Shevlin Park and the confluence with the Middle Deschutes.
For decades Tumalo Creek has been degraded by the diversion of its waters, sometimes to the point that only a trickle ends up flowing into the Middle Deschutes. “Increasing flows in Tumalo Creek, to at least the minimum instream flow goals, is essential to restoring fish habitat and preserving the scenic and recreational opportunities the creek provides,” explained Darek Staab of Trout Unlimited’s Deschutes Chapter.
With the City of
The Save Tumalo Creek Campaign seeks to increase flows in Tumalo Creek, to restore a healthy fishery to Tumalo Creek and the
The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund coordinates the Central Oregon Conservation Network, a growing coalition of local organizations that work with elected officials and community members to improve environmental outcomes in
The COCN will look to set Priorities for a Healthy Central Oregon each spring and fall. “When all of our organizations can agree upon a priority, it really shows support of the issue, and protecting Tumalo Creek clearly needed our support,” shared OLCV Central Oregon Regional Director Nikki Roemmer, the coordinator of the Central Oregon Conservation Network.
To learn more about the Save Tumalo Creek campaign, join OLCV for a presentation and an opportunity to ask questions at Pints and Politics on Thursday, June 20 from 7 – 9pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop. Register at www.olcveducationfund.org/register.
The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund OLCV Education Fund works to increase the political effectiveness of