Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trains...Oil....Listed Species?

PHOTO: Bend Bulletin
Had some concerned members contact us a while back about the trains on the Deschutes and the increased oil transport [ <The Oregonian article> ] they are providing through the region – similar to scenes playing out in the Klatskanie and Puget Sound areas, the concern is for an outdated plan of response and ensuring sufficient and timely access to personnel and equipment when/if something were to happen [think BOEING FUSELAGE acting as Large Woody Debris]. The OCTU met in May when this was brought up and we just got an update from Tom Wolf...........

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

More Derry Dell news.....

A generic project update landed in the TVTU Members gmail box this past Monday - seems like things are happening on Derry Dell! We UPDATED YOU ON THE CULVERT WORK last month - and TVTU hopes to assist the CWS and City of Tigard with some of the restoration work on the reclaimed property noted below; hopefully that work will be both planting and potentially as a local beneficiary of some of our C4C trees! Stay tuned because as Mark Rogers - our TVTU contact for the Derry Dell effort - noted, this is big project overall!

Photo: Doug Vorwaller
September 15, 2014

Derry Dell Creek Restoration Project

Duke Tran, Engineering Project Manager
Clean Water Services

In July 2014, the contractor for the City of Tigard and Clean Water Services (CWS) began work on the Derry Dell Creek Restoration Project. Almost two years ago, the city purchased property along a section of Derry Dell Creek from Woodard Park south to Walnut Street; this purchase enabled the city and CWS to collaborate on a project that will realign and restore a section of Derry Dell Creek. They are also replacing two culverts that convey Derry Dell Creek under Walnut Street with one new culvert to facilitate fish passage and enhance water quality, while at the same time restoring an aging, undersized waterline at SW Johnson Street.

As the Derry Dell Restoration Project takes shape, CWS and the City of Tigard have collaborated on a number of measures to ensure that the area’s wildlife and natural features are protected. This winter, 90,000 native plants will be installed and much of the natural features such as natural habitats and trees removed from the area will be replaced or repurposed.

Friday, September 12, 2014

What'd I miss...September Edition

Back in our routine after the summer focus shift – a fine PICNIC for July and the August break – about 25 TVTU folks converged on our monthly meeting spot at the Lucky Lab Public House in Multnomah Village. Our President, Erle, put a few folks on the spot to introduce themselves – (2) new attendees and a visitor from the Clackamas River Chapter [welcome, of course, we appreciate your willingness to play!]. By the way – visitors are welcome any time in case that wasn’t obvious – no secret handshakes required to attend this group!

Michael Ellis – our esteemed Coordinator of all things Conservation – reported that he and Jon Pampush snuck away to the Deschutes last month; though not timely for current conditions, Michael relayed that the river fished well.....

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Good news!

The TVTU Website appears to be up and running again - thanks for your patience and we apologize for any delays in your getting to read the SEPT / OCT NEWSLETTER!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Dont Miss it....September Meeting

David Moskowitz - Deschutes River Alliance
WHEN: September 10, 2014 [THIS WEDNESDAY]
WHERE: Lucky Lab Public House - Multnomah Village [Second Floor
WHAT TIME: 6:30 p.m. social mix - 7:00 p.m. official start
David Moskowitz, Executive Director of the Deschutes River Alliance, will be visiting and sharing information from his non-profit conservation organization comprised of individuals, organizations and businesses passionate about the lower Deschutes River. David has worked as conservation staff for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Oregon Trout, Native Fish Society, NOAA Fisheries, Metro and the Wild Salmon Center and now heads the DSA working to protect and enhance the ecosystem functions that support the lower Deschutes River’s environment..
WHAT to BRING: A good attitude, few bucks for some fine pub food and ales from our personal server and a desire to learn more about the Deschutes River and some of the challenges that beloved system is facing - irrigation, trains, altered flows, over-use - and how to help out.

Don't forget as well - Andy has a trip to SW Washington lined up on September 9 - Goose Lake! Contact ANDY - 971.409.six-one-four-nine.

Fall River campouting is coming on September 17 -  ask Andy about it as well!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September at TVTU?

Well, here it is - the 'annual' What's What and Who's What of the TVTU blog.....***WORD OF WARNING*** however,  though laden with LINKS and "click here's" you may not get anywhere by clicking. Yes - technology is currently slowing us down! As you may know most of our links and documents are contained on our website. It just so happens our website is being migrated and secured currently. Therefore, until this gets ironed out by folks more technologically advanced than most of us on the board - we're ALL getting errors. So bear with us and visualize the information linked below! [or for actual information contact the folks noted for additional information!]

Continue on for the basics.......

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Derry Dell - City of Tigard Improvements

Rainy Day Derry Dell Crew '13
It may sound familiar to you - hopefully so at least - Derry Dell creek in Tigard. You may remember that Mark Rogers got the chapter involved with some improvement projects on this local waterway. Well, one of the bigger efforts that City of Tigard will undertake with this project is CONNECTIVITY....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Of Dogs and Fish - The Chewaucan

A full recap will hopefully be in the upcoming newsletter but suffice it to say Andy's record of rescues continues on TVTU outings - never a dull moment! Steaks and salmon, margaritas, ice cream, owl's, pooches and native Redbands - all in a weekend at a TVTU campouting near you.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Christmas for Coho - Travel Oregon

As promised by Michael and the C4C committee - along with Grant McOmie/KGW Outdoor Reporter - an expanded version of the KGW Grant's Getaways story has been posted on the Travel Oregon website [linked with associated story].

We hope you enjoy it and thanks to Grant and his cameraman Jeff Kastner for coming out and playing on such a blustery day back in January! Thanks as well to the many volunteers and tree contributors who came out as well!


Monday, August 4, 2014

August at TVTU?

Check out the CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS on the website!

WHY? We give everyone the month off - enjoy an outing with the family before the frenetic pace of school, sports, music, work and everything else ramps up again this next month! We know we will be!
WHAT'S NEXT? September 10 the general meetings resume at the Lucky Lab in Multnomah Village. We'll have David Moskowitz with the Deschutes River Alliance as speaker. Please join us then.

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WHEN: August 15th - 18th, 2014
WHERE: Miller Lake - Eastern Oregon
WHAT TIME: late afternoon - Digit Point Campground [west of Chemult].
WHAT to EXPECT: Miller Lake is about 600 acres of rainbow, brown and kokanee inhabited water - and a few mosquitoes!
The lake is one of only two available for night-time fishing in Oregon. Mouse for big browns anyone? Like many of the eastern Oregon lakes along the divide, Miller can get windy - but there are still some fishable, protected areas near the campground.
WHAT to BRING: TVTU camp is often found near the day-use area end of the campground - away from the boat launch. There is ample shore for moorage near this area; just drive the loops to the left first and look for the TVTU flag. Those attending are asked to bring something to share with the group during the barbecue (dessert, salad, chips and dip, bottle of wine) - that'll happen Saturday night. You'll want a small boat, pontoon or float tube to access the lakes more productive regions. Bug spray is usually desirable. Also it's a campout so drag down your tent/truck cab and other necessary living & cooking gear.
CONTACT: get in touch with Andy Andrews - RSVP if you can!
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