Mirror Pond Fish Passage Advisory Committee
Mirror Pond has been an icon in Bend for more than a century. Coupled with Drake and Harmon parks, the area has served as the community’s central park, offering a venue for special events, recreation and relaxation. The pond, however, also acts as a settling basin for sediment flowing down the Deschutes River and from City of Bend storm water outfalls. The Bend City Council and Bend Park and Recreation District Board of Directors have been studying this issue since 2009.
In 2019, the City of Bend and the Bend Park & Recreation District adopted Resoultion 3165 and 430 that describe conditions for collaboration between the City and BPRD to cobntribute to the preservation of Mirror Pond. As a result, COIC will be convening a short term advisory committee to update the Mirror Pond Community Vision with a fish passage solution at the Newport Dam that forms Mirror Pond.
The goal of the public process is to identify a preferred alternative fish passage concept and a preliminary cost estimate for the design and implementation of the proposed project. The committee will be advisory to the City Manager of the City of Bend and the Executive Director of the Bend Park and Recreation District.
COIC will faciliate six advisory committee meetings from April to June 2021 to move the committee members to consensus on a recommended fish passage solution.
From May to October 2021, meetings will be held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.
All meetings are open to the public and will have the opportunity for public comment. The meetings will be held in a virtual format through Zoom. At the time of the meeting, please use the connection information below:
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May 26, 2021
June 23, 2021
July 28, 2021
August 25, 2021
September 22, 2021
October 27, 2021
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Bend
Gena was elected to Bend City Council in 2018. During her first two years on council, she has focused on the intersections of equity, transportation, smart growth, climate change and environmental stewardship.
Gena grew up in Portland and attended Colorado College, where she studied political science with a focus on international conflict resolution. Upon graduating from college in 2006, Gena felt pulled back to Oregon and landed in a community organizing position in Bend. She quickly fell in love with Oregon’s high desert landscapes when she began working for the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) in 2007 and is now the director of ONDA’s stewardship and restoration program.
Erik Moberly, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Nathan Hovekamp is currently on the Bend Park & Recreation District Board and has previously served the community on the City of Bend Planning Commission and on the Bend-La Pine School Board. He is a biologist and educator with experience in college biology instruction, environmental conservation, and in natural interpretation and resource management as a seasonal ranger at state and national parks and forests. Nathan has a BS in biology, an MS in zoology, and a PhD in education. He has lived in Bend since 1997 and enjoys exploring Oregon’s magnificent high desert, mountains, and coast.
Matthew Chancellor is the regional business manager for Pacific Power in Central Oregon covering Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties since January, 2017. In this role he works with the entire community as well as manage the accounts of Pacific Power’s large commercial and industrial customers.
Passionate about energy, Chancellor worked for MidAmerican Energy, Pacific Power’s sister utility in the Midwest, for 15 years. He served in distribution engineering, system operations, and key accounts where he managed a team for the company. He studied engineering and business at Saint Ambrose University located in Davenport, Iowa. Matthew is married with two children and his family loves the outdoors, fishing, biking and is happy to live in a community that shares his families passions and enjoys amazing histories and equally compelling futures.
Alan Ritchey, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Kris has spent the last 20 years working in the field of natural resources on issues related to rivers and watersheds. Kris started his time as Executive Director at the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council in 2019 and lives and works from Bend. Before that, Kris worked 11 years for The Nature Conservancy as a Project Manager and Conservation Director. For seven of those years, Kris worked in the Skagit River Valley in Washington State, managing
collaborative projects and finding common ground between salmon habitat restoration
efforts and agricultural interests in the Puget Sound region. Kris holds a B.S. degree from Drake University and a M.S. degree in Environmental Science from Iowa State University.
Mike is a retired physician who has been involved with many fishery and water related projects since moving to Bend in 2002. He currently serves on the boards of the Deschutes River Conservancy and the Deschutes Redbands Chapter of Trout Unlimited.