First, allow us to say how grateful we are for the support you’ve shown us, and the lower Deschutes River.
Second, we are very busy at the Deschutes River Alliance as we are about to deploy our science initiative. We’ve just signed a contract to accomplish the aerial thermal and hyper-spectral imaging on the lower river. The information from this effort will detect thermal influences, locate possible nutrient sources, and map the distribution of the invasive algae.
Third, we are in the process of picking up the instruments to do our in-river water quality monitoring at the peak of the algae bloom. We will have five stations from the mouth up to the Pelton Reregulating Dam that will be gather the most comprehensive water quality data in the lower Deschutes River.
Fourth, our aquatic insect hatch survey is well underway and we are accruing much more data than in 2013.
Lastly, we’ve assisted Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in their redband trout growth study by conducting the analysis of redband trout stomach contents.
None of this work would be possible without your support. And this fall, we’ll be ready to share the results of all of our work with you. Again, thank you for making this possible.
Sincerely and gratefully yours,
Director of Science and Conservation