Yancy Lind, President of the Deschutes Basin chapter of the Association of NW Steelheaders
“The Crooked River is one of the most popular waterways for anglers in Oregon on the east side of the Cascades. It has a healthy population of wild and native redband trout and mountain whitefish. It is also critical spawning habitat for recently reintroduced steelhead and salmon, benefitting anglers throughout Oregon who target these fish as they travel through the Columbia and Deschutes rivers. Allocating water to the Crooked River helps ensure the survival of these fish as well as the beavers, otters, eagles, osprey, deer, and other wildlife that rely on the river. Local anglers are proud to be part of the coalition behind this legislation.”
Ochoco Irrigation District Chairman, Brian Barney
“Senator Merkley’s bill will be helpful to local farmers and ranchers. It will ensure all of us are able to rely upon the certainty of Bowman Dam water supplies as we have for the past 50 years.”
Kimberley Priestley, WaterWatch of Oregon
“This collaborative bill is a blueprint for a healthier Crooked River and secure water supply for local communities, backed by a broad coalition of irrigation, municipal, tribal and conservation interests. It will bring significant benefits to Central Oregon, and we hope Congress passes this bill without delay.”
Portland General Electric Vice President of Public Policy, Dave Robertson
“Senator Merkley and Senator Wyden have crafted a balanced, sustainable bill. This supports the collaborative work of farmers, environmental advocates, government agencies, the Tribes and others – including Portland General Electric – to help meet municipal, power generation, and agricultural needs in Central Oregon while improving stream flows and facilitating reintroduction of native fish. We look forward to working with the entire Oregon delegation to get this enacted into law "