New Video: Hydropower Reform Success on Oregon’s Deschutes River Benefits Fish and River Health


Deschutes River, OR | © Mike Simpson

Deschutes River, OR | © Mike Simpson

Oregon’s Deschutes River has it all – fun rapids, great fishing, beautiful scenery, and opportunities for multi-day float trips. Flowing out of the Cascade Mountains 250 miles to the Columbia River, it’s also the lifeblood of central Oregon.

So when the opportunity came to improve operations at the Pelton-Round Butte hydropower project and revitalize the health of the river and its salmon and steelhead populations, we took it. We’re proud that an agreement we helped negotiate in 2004 with Portland General Electric, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and other partners will boost river health for generations to come.

Hydropower dams can cause significant harm to rivers, fish and communities, but by improving dam operations we can strike a better balance between energy production and river protection. Successes like this on the Deschutes exemplify how we can make that happen.

American Rivers and our partners worked to improve the operation of the Pelton Round Butte hydropower project on the Deschutes River in Oregon