Monday, September 29, 2014

ODFW Fish passage....

Another waiver request - ODFW seeks public comment on passage waiver request for Coos Bay North Bend Water Board:

Waivers are on an existing dam on Lower Pony Creek and amendment to an existing waiver for a second dam on Upper Pony Creek; both near Coos Bay. Mitigation involved.

Summary judgement would be that mitigation effort on Matson Creek [with a fish presence] would be a 'net benefit' over providing ANY fish passage at Pony Creek. Seems like ANY improvement is a better step for overall but you can make the call....and let ODFW hear what you come up with!

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Remember DEADLINE OCTOBER 15, 2014.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Need something to do?

Here's an idea for the weekend and you might learn something to boot!
Film screening: Sunday September 28; 6:30 p.m. - Hollywood Theatre
On-Line Tickets: clickie here

PRESS RELEASE

SEATTLE - Wild steelhead trout are an icon of the Pacific Northwest, revered by anglers and admired enough to be designated the official State Fish of Washington. But this Northwest native is in serious decline, with some scientists saying they may disappear from our region's rivers.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ODFW Interim Director

Tom Wolf has been monitoring with TU's interest - and adding input & suggestions - the director appointment at ODFW and through Governor Kitzhaber. Many have heard that Director Roy Elicker is resigning effective October 10 to take a position with the USFWS Pacific Region. It was just announced that Curt Melcher will fill the Director position starting October 1 until a new permanent Director is named.

Tom notes he has a good and long-term working relationship with Mr. Melcher and looks forward to continuing to work with him and the remainder of the ODFW board going into the 2015 session - especially with budget concerns and the Directorship at hand!

If anyone cares to share their thoughts - contact Tom through the OCTU website.

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through the region – similar to scenes playing out in the Klatskanie and Puget Sound areas, the concern is for an outdated plan of response and ensuring sufficient and timely access to personnel and equipment when/if something were to happen [think BOEING FUSELAGE acting as Large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

Contact:
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
WHAT to EXPECT: 
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....