Money to Aid Deschutes Steelhead

By Scott Richmond

Westfly has made a restricted donation of $2,000 to Oregon Water Trust to assist in the permanent transfer of a water right from Portland General Electric (PGE) to Oregon Water Trust.

The water right is on Trout Creek, a major tributary of the lower Deschutes River and the principal spawning grounds for the Deschutes' wild steelhead. PGE owns property on the creek, and the water right came with the property.

Oregon Water Trust thanked Westfly for the donation. In a letter to Westfly, they state: "Our Board of Directors and staff share a strong commitment to enhancing vital streamflows and critical habitat for salmon, steelhead, and trout throughout Oregon. It is heartening to know that you and so many other individuals and businesses from around the state and nation support our efforts. Your gift is especially appreciated this year because of the 2:1 match from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. This means we will be able to stretch your dollars and do even more to save valuable wildlife habitat."

The money that Westfly donated came from auctions of goods and services on Westfly.com. Westfly still has over $1,500 in its Deschutes Fund and almost $4,000 in its general Oregon Fund. This money will also be donated to suitable projects that are consistent with Westfly's mission to "advance the quality of Western fly fishing." A fund-raising auction for Washington State is currently underway, and additional auctions are planned for California, Montana, and Idaho.

Donations by Westfly must be approved by Westfly's independent Board of Directors. Westfly is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Scott Richmond is Westfly's creator and Executive Director. He is the author of eight books on Oregon fly fishing, including Fishing Oregon's Deschutes River (second edition).