Save the Date for the DRA’s Second Annual Gathering and Auction!

Mark your calendar and register now for the Second Annual Deschutes River Alliance Gathering and Auction. Last February’s premier event sold out, and we expect to sell out again, so don’t forget to register early.

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The afternoon event will feature complimentary wine from Lange Estate Winery & Vineyards, beer brewed by Freebridge Brewing Co. and a delicious selection of hors d’oeuvres. There will be plenty of time to visit with friends, followed by an auction full of great items, multiple custom-designed Oregon fishing trips with top guides, a relaxing 10 day stay for two in a beachfront condominium in Ambergris Caye, Belize; an exciting week for two in Zihuatanejo, Mexico; guided fishing for two and three-night stay in an over-the-water cabana in Roatan, Honduras; top quality fly fishing gear and much, much more.

More details about auction items and the day’s events will be sent to you as the Gathering gets closer. Meanwhile, be sure to mark your calendar, plan to attend and register early!

This winter the DRA is entering a new phase in our legal and advocacy efforts, including our critical lawsuit against Portland General Electric to enforce water quality requirements at the Pelton Round Butte Project. To ensure that we prevail in this fight for the river’s future, we need the support of people like you – people who are passionate about protecting and restoring the river we all love. All proceeds from the event will benefit the DRA’s ongoing work on behalf of the lower Deschutes River.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

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Recap and Photos from the DRA’s First Annual Gathering and Auction

Photo by Dave Moskowitz

Photo by Dave Moskowitz

We’ve fully recovered from the DRA’s first gathering and auction, which took place last Saturday, February 11, at the Ecotrust Building in Northwest Portland. We were blown away by the support we received at the event–the building was packed to capacity with DRA supporters, and it was a true honor to host so many old and new friends.

We drank fantastic beers from Freebridge Brewing and outstanding wines from Lange Estate Winery.  Attendees bid on an incredible selection of live auction items, with proceeds going directly to the DRA’s efforts to return cold, clean water to the lower Deschutes River. And we premiered our new documentary film, The Rapid Decline of the Lower Deschutes River, which led to a lot of great conversations about the issues facing the lower Deschutes and where we go from here. The film is now available online–check it out below:

Again, THANK YOU to all who attended the event, and helped make the afternoon so special. The support we’ve received from all of you over the last few months has been incredible–2017 is shaping up to be a huge year for the DRA and the lower Deschutes River. Check out a few more photos of the festivities:

Emcee John Hazel and Auctioneer Grant Putnam. Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Emcee John Hazel and Auctioneer Grant Putnam. Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Steve Light, of Freebridge Brewing. Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Steve Light, of Freebridge Brewing. Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Photo by Dave Moskowitz.

Finally, a very special thanks to all the supporters who donated auction items, time, and expertise to the event. We truly couldn’t have done it without these great folks:

Alex Gonsiewski | Brian Silvey | Brian Henninger | Chris O’Donnell | CF Burkheimer | Craig Sweitzer | Dave Hughes | Deschutes Angler Fly Shop | Dick and Kathy Bushnell | Dillon Renton and Renton River Adventures | Elke and Alysia Littleleaf | Freebridge Brewing | Grant Putnam and Benefit Auction Fundraising | Jeff and Kathryn Hickman and Fish the Swing | John Smeraglio and Deschutes Canyon Fly Shop | Jeff Perin and The Fly Fishers Place | Jerry Swanson and Fishhead Expeditions | Joel LaFollette and Royal Treatment Fly Shop | Lange Estate Winery | Mark Bachman and Patty Barnes of The Fly Fishing Shop | Marty Shepard and Little Creek Outfitters | Micheal McLean | Mike Kuhnert | Nick Rowell and Anadromous Anglers | Pat Becker | Rick Trout | Rick Hafele | Saracione Reels | Terry Vance | Travis Duddles and The Gorge Fly Shop | The Trout Shop on the Missouri | Troy Jones | Warner Munro


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Live Auction Items and Raffle Prizes for the DRA’s February 11 Gathering

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On Saturday, February 11, from 1 PM to 5 PM, the DRA will be hosting our first-ever gathering at Portland’s Ecotrust Building. In addition to the premiere of the DRA’s new documentary film, a live auction will be held featuring 13 unique items assembled just for this event. We’ll also be holding a raffle, with five fantastic prizes. Here’s the full list of items to be auctioned and raffled!

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Happy Holidays From the Deschutes River Alliance!

Photo by Brian O'Keefe.

Photo by Brian O’Keefe.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a warm and happy holidays and a fantastic new year. We’re especially thankful this holiday season for the continued support and engagement of all our donors and supporters. 2017 is shaping up to be an important and exciting year in our efforts to restore cooler, cleaner water to the Deschutes River, and we could not be successful without you. So here’s to all of you and to another great year!

Auction Registration Reminder and Item Preview

As a reminder, the DRA’s first-ever auction and social gathering will be taking place on Saturday afternoon, February 11, at the Ecotrust Building in Northwest Portland. Tickets are going VERY fast for this event, so be sure to register soon to reserve a seat for this great event with other DRA supporters.

The event will feature a live auction of 15 unique items assembled just for this event, with auctioneering duties performed by the DRA’s own flamboyant and entertaining John Hazel, co-owner of the Deschutes Angler Fly Shop.

Here’s an early snapshot of some of the auction items:

  • A day of insect identification and fly pattern selection with Rick Hafele and Mark Bachmann on the Salmon River near Welches. Rick literally wrote the book on western river insect identification, and Mark has been fishing the Salmon and matching the hatch for 50 years. The event will take place on river frontage at a private residence, and will include seining the river and a side channel, identifying the bugs and pattern matching, and a delicious barbecue lunch plus beer and wine. There are 12 available slots for the day, each of which will be auctioned off individually at $150 per spot.
  • Two guides and two boats for four anglers on various Oregon steelhead rivers. More details to come before the event.
  • Four anglers, two days on the Deschutes River during the stonefly hatch. Your fishing partners and “consultants” will be noted authors, speakers, and angling gurus Dave Hughes and Rick Hafele. Overnight stay in a prviate house at North Junction and a gourmet dinner. More details to come.
  • A small raffle of high quality fly fishing items will also be held.

This is just a small sample of the fantastic items that will be up for auction. Watch the DRA website and check your email for updates on other auction items!

Remember, seating is limited to 150 and is going very fast.

Can’t attend but want to help? Click here to donate to support the DRA’s ongoing efforts.

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Announcing the DRA’s First-Ever Gathering!

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The Deschutes River Alliance’s First-Ever Social and Fundraising Event      Saturday, February 11, 1 PM to 5 PM
The Ecotrust Building in Northwest Portland

Join other DRA supporters and lovers of the Deschutes River for an afternoon of fun, food, drink, and more on Saturday afternoon, February 11, 2017.

This is the DRA’s first-ever gathering–an opportunity to visit with friends and other concerned individuals who, like you, have stepped up to help restore the health of the lower Deschutes River.

Seating is limited to the first 150 to register, so act today!

Tickets are just $75 per person, with all proceeds going to the DRA’s efforts to restore the lower Deschutes River, including our efforts to enforce the Clean Water Act at the Pelton Round Butte Hydroelectric Project.

The February 11 afternoon event will feature:

  • A premiere of the DRA’s new documentary film, which highlights the issues facing the lower Deschutes and the DRA’s efforts to restore the river we all love.
  • A short live auction with 12-15 high quality items, including incredible fishing trips and unique fishing gear custom-made for the event.
  • Complimentary wine provided by Lange Winery, and beer provided by Freebridge Brewing of The Dalles and other Columbia Gorge breweries.
  • Delicious locally sourced appetizers.

Bring some friends. Have some fun while supporting the DRA and our important work advocating for the health of the Deschutes River.

Remember, seating is limited to 150. So click here to register now!

Can’t attend but want to help? Click here to support the DRA’s ongoing efforts.

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DRA & The 2015 International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair

The International Federation of Fly Fishers Fair will take place this August 11-15, 2015 in Bend, Oregon. This is a great event including presentations, workshops, and fly fishing industry representatives and conservation groups from all over the world.

The Deschutes River Alliance will host a table in the Exhibit Hall throughout the Fair, and will be giving a presentation on our conservation work and recent news on the lower Deschutes River on Thursday, August 13 from 2-3 pm.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Source: IFFF.

Source: International Federation of Fly Fishers.

Source: Deschutes River Alliance.

Source: Deschutes River Alliance.

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A Special Thanks!

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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.

KSH and SAB on Deschutes

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