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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rainbow Invasion in Oregon's Deschutes Basin

Friend and colleague Craig Anderson shows off Rainbow Water Coalition Pride in central Oregon, soon to be his new home after working over 30 years for Oregon State University. A avid fan of just about everything water, Craig helped me design some of the first eCampus classes and was in large part responsible for OSU's 2011 top 20 ranking in online universities and colleges in the US. Bend, Oregon's beleaguered housing market is now better off with one more refugee from the rainbow-laden Willamette Valley. He tells me that he is off to explore Oregon's *Peculiar River*, the Deschutes River, in a kayak.

Oh yes, there is a connection to greywater. One of the members of Oregon's Graywater Advisory Committee is a wastewater engineer for the City of Redmond. But I suspect few folks in the Deschutes Basin will practice greywater reuse because this is another part of Oregon that is not experiencing water scarcity, but rather scary water quality. Restoration and water quality protection efforts are the emphasis of the Deschutes River Conservancy and the Friends of the Metolius. Here is an overview of what the Deschutes Basin looks like from a bird's eye view.

When it rains, rainbows happen. And with rainbows come the proverbial pot-o-gold. Craig was a golden friend at OSU. Keep the boat straight and use both sides of the paddle on the Peculiar River. And don't forget to enjoy a Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter to celebrate your good fortune.

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