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Deschutes River Alliance to host barbecue, educational forum Sept. 28, in Maupin.

The Deschutes River Alliance is hosting a barbecue and educational forum focused on the lower Deschutes River on National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, in Maupin.

"For nearly a decade, the water quality of the lower Deschutes River has declined with the operations of a massive tower at the Pelton Round Butte Dam Project," noted Sarah Cloud, executive director of the Deschutes River Alliance. "The water tower has increased pollution levels, water temperatures and harmful algae in the federally protected Wild and Scenic River. Advocates for the lower Deschutes are calling on Portland General Electric to change their practices at the tower to reverse the damage that has been done."

"It isn't too late to save the lower Deschutes River, but the clock is ticking," said Greg McMillan, president of the Deschutes River Alliance. "We will be gathering in Maupin this month to both celebrate this national treasure of a river and also to raise the alarm that we are running out of time to improve the health of this waterway that provides drinking water, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational and economic opportunities for our state."

Everyone who supports a cooler, cleaner lower Deschutes River is invited to join the alliance for the barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. at Kaiser Park, in Maupin.

Deschutes River Alliance will provide hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixins' for free. Freebridge Brewing of The Dalles will be on hand for people who want to purchase their award-winning beers.

The Deschutes River Alliance is the only organization focused on the health and ecosystem of the lower Deschutes River. To learn more and get involved, go to www.DeschutesRiverAlliance.org.


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