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Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team
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Project Title:
Restoring the Deschutes Estuary: Environmental Impact Statement Response and Community Education
Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund, 2018
Project Description:

The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT) will develop a Technical Team with scientific expertise in oceanography, water quality and quantity, habitat restoration, hydrology and sediment transport, contaminants, stormwater, Clean Water Act regulations and the connection to a healthy economy. The Technical Team will review and respond to the scientific feasibility of alternatives to be evaluated during the Department of Enterprise Services Environmental Impact Statement process to begin in the late fall of 2018. The Team will represent the latest and best science in estuary restoration from a number of disciplines: habitat, water quality, water quantity, sea level rise, flooding, sediment management, economic implications and regulation. DERT is forming the team now – some will be working remotely from positions all over the country and across US borders. So far, no team member has requested an honorarium – all are energized volunteers. DERT will also produce four community forums and keep the “What’s Up?” theme becoming popular with the public. We will upgrade and develop a management system for our website and produce quarterly print and on-line newsletters to walk the public through our involvement in the EIS process and also to bring the latest in estuary restoration science and efforts forward.