First Interstate Bank Helps Promote Streamflow Restoration in Central Oregon with Donation to Deschutes River Conservancy


(Photo courtesy of Deschutes River Conservancy)

First Interstate Bank, a leading provider of financial services and proponent of healthy, accessible communities for all individuals is giving back to the community with a donation of $2,500 to the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC).

The DRC will use the generous donation from the First Interstate Bank’s Leadership Grant Program to raise community awareness of the serious challenges facing the Deschutes Basin and what solutions exist that can restore our local rivers and streams to a healthy state.

“First Interstate Bank is proud to be a part of the community in Central Oregon. As a community partner, we take pride in caring for our region. For over 20 years, the Deschutes River Conservancy has been bringing people together to create win-win solutions for rivers, farmers and cities, and we are honored to stand alongside them in support,” said Bill Kuhn, Bend Market President of First Interstate Bank.

“We are so grateful that First Interstate is continuing the legacy of supporting our streamflow restoration work that Bank of the Cascades started years ago,” said DRC Executive Director, Tod Heisler. “They have been with us from the beginning and our community is fortunate to have a bank that demonstrates its commitment to the local community so well every day.  We look forward to working with them for a long time to come.”

Since 1996, the Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) has been dedicated to restoring streamflow and improving water quality in the Deschutes River Basin. The DRC specializes in programs and projects that employ voluntary, market-based incentives to restore flows. The DRC is non-litigious and serves as leaders and facilitators of basin-wide water management conversations. The board is comprised of key private and public stakeholders in the basin. The organization has worked with eight irrigation districts and over 200 landowners to restore over 250 cubic feet per second of streamflow to the basin’s rivers and streams.


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