Urge Elected Officials to Hold Winchester Dam Owners Accountable for Environmental Disaster

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For years, the Winchester Water Control District has used delay as a tactic to avoid responsibility for the Winchester Dam’s harm to the North Umpqua River. Unfortunately, the Oregon Department of Justice is now rewarding this tactic by electing to delay legal cases stemming from the massive public outcry and subsequent state enforcement against this deadbeat dam in summer 2023. Take action by sending a letter to your elected officials urging them to ask the Oregon Department of Justice to do its job, hold Winchester Water Control District and their contractors accountable, and protect our native fish runs as well as public safety and the rule of law in our great state. 

If you are not an Oregon State resident, follow this link to leave comments to Oregon Governor Tina Kotek. Highlight your connection to the North Umpqua River and include talking points from the Action Alert below. 

Thank you for taking the time to stand up and share your voice. Together, we can work to return the North Umpqua to an all-wild, free-flowing river!

Below is a recent letter to state elected officials from numerous conservation, fishing, and recreational groups outlining there is no public support for the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) elective delays of the enforcement proceedings surrounding Winchester Dam.

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