McKenzie River

Fish
7:38 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Leaburg Hatchery Show Pond To Close For Repairs

The show pond at the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River is a popular spot for tourists, especially in the summer.
Credit Leaburg Hatchery

The trout and sturgeon show pond at the Leaburg Hatchery on the McKenzie River will be closed for renovations beginning Monday, July 7.

The construction is expected to take 4 to 6 weeks. The show pond will be off-limits but the rest of the hatchery will remain open to the public.

Hatchery Manager Erik Withalm says they have 70 to 90-thousand visitors each year. The show pond has large rainbow trout and a 9-foot long, 350-pound sturgeon.

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Mckenzie River
6:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Turning Gravel Pits Into Fish Habitat

Joe Moll with McKenzie River Trust (left) and Randy Hledik of Wildish Company at Green Island.
Credit Rachael McDonald

The McKenzie River Trust is embarking on a project to turn gravel beds into native fish habitat on its Green Island property north of Eugene. The project brings together two unexpected partners: conservationists and the gravel industry.

The Coburg Aggregate Reclamation Project, or CARP, is at a place along the historic McKenzie River channel where gravel was mined for many years. Now, three ponds are the remnants of that mining operation. Joe Moll is Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust.

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Rivers
6:43 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Natural Solutions to Manmade Problems on Oregon Rivers

McKenzie River
Credit wikepedia

For decades, the government has relied on regulations to protect water quality. But what if cities tried something other than simply telling people what they can -- and cannot -- do?

What if cities actually rewarded people for managing their land in ways that keep rivers cool and clean?

Two Oregon cities are trying this approach.

Marilyn Cross lives alongside the McKenzie River. It’s home to salmon and steelhead and the source of drinking water for the downstream city of Eugene.

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Leaburg Dam
12:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

High Pricetag To Fix Old McKenzie Dam

The Leaburg Dam on the McKenzie River.
Credit USGS

The Eugene Water and Electric Board hopes to start repairing Leaburg Dam as soon as May. The cost to fix the 83-year-old structure on the McKenzie River is projected to be $2.8 million. That's about twice the previous estimate.

The motor in one of the dam's three roll gates failed in 2012. The gate has been in the down position ever since.  The roll-gates regulate how much water flows through the dam, which generates power for about 10-thousand homes. Joe Harwood is spokesman for EWEB. He says it's not surprising the first cost estimate of $1.2 million was off.

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Cozmic
6:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014

McKenzie River Memories

Prince and Marjorie Helfrich on the McKenzie Pass in the Oregon Cascade Mountains, circa 1930.

McKenzie Memories is an annual evening of McKenzie River storytelling, rare historic film clips and photographs. It will be at Cozmic in Eugene on Friday April 4th. Wooden boat expert Randy Dersham and Joe Moll, Executive Director of McKenzie River Trust, join Eric Alan to talk about drift boats, Helfrich family history, and why the McKenzie River is iconic.

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Water Rights
7:04 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

State Denies McKenzie River Water Rights Application

McKenzie River
Credit BLM

The state of Oregon has denied a permit application from Willamette Water Company for water rights on the McKenzie River.  

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Forest policy
7:27 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Proposed Logging Project Seeks Comments

McKenzie River.
Credit BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is in the scoping stages of a proposed logging project east of Eugene near the town of Vida.
 

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