On January 19, 2018, DRA published a blog post containing statements that referenced recent judicially-supervised settlement negotiations in our ongoing Clean Water Act lawsuit against Portland General Electric.  DRA regrets having posted about the negotiations and characterizing the parties’ participation in those negotiations, and expressly disavows any suggestion that any party’s participation in the settlement process was not in good faith.

It is and has been DRA’s intent, while engaged in negotiations and afterwards, to adhere to rules respecting confidentiality and to operate in complete good faith. Accordingly, we removed the contested language from our blog and social media links, and we now take this opportunity to express to our negotiating partners our regret for the initial posting.

The updated post can be found here.

Click here for an Order from Judge Acosta related to the DRA’s Settlement Conference with Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation.

Silent Auction Items Announced for the Second Annual Gathering & Auction

The Second Annual Gathering & Auction is just a few weeks away! This year, we have added a small silent auction to the mix. Check out our fantastic selection of items and packages below. Thank you to all our donors and supporters who made this possible!

See something you like, but are not able to attend? No problem – email Krista Isaksen at with your proxy bid and we will contact you after the event if you are the winner.

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DRA Heads Back to Court

Round Butte Dam and the Selective Water Withdrawal Tower. Photo by Greg McMillan.

The Deschutes River Alliance’s important Clean Water Act lawsuit against Portland General Electric is headed back to court.  2018 will be a critical year in our fight to protect and restore the lower Deschutes River.

We are moving aggressively ahead. On February 26, the DRA’s attorneys will be filing a Motion for Summary Judgment, asking the court to find PGE in violation of its Clean Water Act certification for the Pelton Round Butte complex. The DRA has identified nearly 1,700 violations of the certification, which was designed to protect the water quality and ecological health of the lower Deschutes River. Oral arguments on this motion are scheduled for July. If successful, the DRA will then ask the court for a remedy to these frequent violations that will lead to improved water quality in the lower river.

Photo by Brian O’Keefe

The hard work starts now. The lawsuit we are engaged in is an essential component of the DRA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the lower Deschutes River and the fish, wildlife, and people who call it home. And the next steps in this litigation, over the coming months, will be critical to the DRA’s efforts to restore cool, clean water below the Pelton Round Butte Project. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates on this important case.

As always, this fight wouldn’t be possible without the support of our many hundreds of contributors—the individuals, businesses, foundations, and allied organizations who are not ready to give up on a healthy future for the lower Deschutes River. As we pivot back to court, we need your support more than ever. Please join us at our second annual benefit auction in February, and make a contribution today to support our battle for the Deschutes River.

Deschutes River Alliance: Cooler, cleaner H2O for the lower Deschutes River. 

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Live Auction Items for the DRA’s Second Annual Gathering & Auction

On February 10 – less than a month away! – the DRA will be hosting its Second Annual Gathering & Auction, and you don’t want to miss it! We will be premiering our newest documentary film, on the economic impact of the issues facing the lower Deschutes River. Plus, we have an exciting assortment of live auction items ready for your bid:

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