Happy Holidays From The Staff and Board of Directors Of the Deschutes River Alliance!

We would like to wish everyone the happiest of holidays and all the best in the New Year!

Here at the DRA, Christmas came early this year.  Thanks to a special $20,000 donation from one of our supporters, we have been able to purchase water quality data equipment to create a semi-permanent water quality-monitoring site on the lower Deschutes River.

Photo by Brian O'Keefe.

Photo by Brian O’Keefe.

The water quality equipment we are acquiring with this special gift will give us the ability to monitor temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and chlorophyll-a on an ongoing 24-7 basis.  We have already been doing aquatic insect sampling at the site where the equipment will be deployed, and will continue to do so throughout the 2016 year and beyond.  The site also has a high density of spawning gravel, and we’ll be able to document spawning periods and activity.

We are incredibly grateful for this gift and wish to thank the private donor who made this possible.

Photo by Greg McMillan.

Photo by Greg McMillan.

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Deschutes River Alliance 2015 Annual Donor Update

Dear Members of the Deschutes River Alliance (DRA) Community,

It is with great pleasure that we share with you our 2015 Annual Donor Update.

As you will see in the update, 2015 proved to be another busy year as we continued to pursue the DRA Science Work Plan and advocacy of improved water quality and habitat conditions on the lower Deschutes River.

We have big plans in store for 2016 as we expand on our science and advocacy work to benefit the lower Deschutes and its many and diverse river users. Science and advocacy are the fundamental tenets of the DRA’s approach to improving and safeguarding the ecological health of the lower Deschutes River, and we believe that we are making progress in our mission.

Our work would not be possible without your support. From all of us at the DRA, sincerely thank you.

If you would like to make a donation towards our programs in 2016 please click here.

We wish you a happy holiday season, and we look forward to your continued engagement in our efforts on the lower Deschutes River in 2016.

Lower Deschutes River. Photo by Andrew Dutterer.

Lower Deschutes River. Photo by Andrew Dutterer.

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A Remembrance of Julie Keil


It was with great sadness that we here at the Deschutes River Alliance learned of the sudden and unexpected death of Julie Keil on November 24. 

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Julie’s passing is a tremendous loss to the river and fish communities of Oregon.  She was an active board member of conservation groups (Native Fish Society, Deschutes River Conservancy), Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Low Impact Hydropower Institute, and a paid advisor and consultant to us here at the Deschutes River Alliance.

She was the Director, Hydro Licensing and Water Rights for Portland General Electric for 15 years prior to her retirement in 2014.  During that time she was the lead person responsible for the relicensing of the Pelton-Round Butte Project that included the construction of the Selective Water Withdrawal Tower and fish passage facility.   That earned Julie and PGE the Edison Award.

Julie had the ability to take a room full of disparate and dissenting individuals, and create a community.  In 2013 a group of us had been meeting with PGE regarding biological changes in the lower Deschutes River.  It was at her behest that we, as a group of anglers and other lower Deschutes River stakeholders, formed the Deschutes River Alliance.  As Julie told us at the time, we would have no legitimacy until we became a bona fide organization.

At her retirement from PGE, she stated that she had seven rules to live by.  They say a lot about Julie.  In her memory, they are repeated here, with some observations:

  1. Be comfortable with silence. (Julie often sat silent in many meetings, and then would become the last to speak.  This gave her great authority at meetings.)
  2. Take the work seriously, don’t take your self seriously. (Julie had a wonderful sense of humor, often dry and ironic, and quick to laughter.)
  3. Strive to be kind and respectful to support staff and junior staff. Be suspicious of those who aren’t.  (Anyone who worked for Julie revered her.)
  4. Focus on the quality of the work. It is more important than your career.
  5. Be more prepared than everyone else. Every time.  (She never failed at this expectation she set for herself.)
  6. Learn something from everyone you work with.
  7. Never ask your staff to work harder than you do.

We wish to express our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the Keil family, and to Julie’s many friends and co-workers, both past and present.  All who knew her keenly feel her loss.

The Julie Keil Women in Hydro Scholarship Fund has been created to support women planning on entering the hydro industry.  Donations can be made via U.S. Bank, or to:

Scholarship Fund

Northwest Hydroelectric Association

P.O. Box 2517

Clackamas, OR 97015