Deschutes Water Bank Aims To Restore Streamflows, Get Farmers Water They Need, Secure Water For Future Municipal Needs

Deschutes River basin water rights were over-appropriated more than 100 years ago and today some 86 percent of the river’s total water is used for irrigation while only 12 percent of the water is appropriated for instream flows and just 2 percent for municipal water, according to Kate Fitzpatrick, executive director of the Deschutes River Conservancy.

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