Some folks talk about supporting conservation and saving our rivers. Others do something about it. On the evening of May 13, 2014, the Fly Fishers Club of Oregon really did something about it. The club made the Deschutes River Alliance the beneficiary of their annual Keith Hansen Memorial Conservation Paddle Raise. The paddle raise was held after a brief description of what the DRA does, and a touching, stirring description of what the lower Deschutes River meant to the late Dr. Keith Hansen, provided by his wife Lisa Hansen.
Lisa made the first paddle raise, a contribution of $1000 to become a Founding Circle Donor, and was quickly followed by others. The generosity shown by the Fly Fishers Club of Oregon was greatly appreciated by those of us here at the DRA. The money raised is going towards our science based research program that will continue to define the extent of declines of aquatic insect hatches, dissemination of nuisance algae, and the nature of water quality changes in the lower river.
We want to extend a very heartfelt thanks to the Flyfisher Foundation and the Fly Fishers Club of Oregon for their generosity, which apparently broke all previous records for this event. We promise to make very good use of their contribution to our efforts.
Greg McMillan David Moskowitz
President Executive Director