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A history of source springs and tributaries in the Deschutes Basin of Central Oregon

photographed, written & edited by 

Richard Scott Nelson

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As part of a four year self-funded project, photographer Scott Nelson presents the story of the Deschutes River, encompassing the history, science and beauty of a river born 5 million years ago when the volcanic peaks of the Cascade Mountains were born and the spring-fed Deschutes River began it's journey North to the Columbia River.The Deschutes River Conservancy, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Deschutes Water Alliance, Native Tribes, USFS, Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife and private hydrologists, biologists, irrigators and conservationists combine efforts to mitigate damage done to this magnificent river system in a century of change.

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