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Deschutes River Alliance
Jonah Sandford

Thursday, January 11

John Shewey

Since the Selective Water Withdrawal (SWW) tower at the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Complex began operation in 2010, river users have observed several serious negative ecological changes in the lower Deschutes River.

These changes include increased nuisance algae proliferation, warmer spring and summer water temperatures, and significant changes in aquatic insect diversity and abundance. Together, these new problems have dramatically altered the recreational experiences on the lower Deschutes, a treasured central Oregon fly fishing destination.

Jonah Sandford is the Executive Director and Staff Attorney for the Deschutes River Alliance. The DRA was founded in 2013 by a group of longtime Deschutes River advocates, who had serious concerns about the observed ecological impacts of the SWW tower.

Jonah will discuss the impacts of SWW operations on the lower Deschutes, and highlight the DRA's ongoing efforts to protect and restore the ecology of this amazing river.

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