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Watermaster: the History of Water in the Deschutes Basin

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Published on May 18, 2016

A short documentary on the history of irrigation in the Deschutes Basin and the legacy of former Deschutes Basin Watermaster, Bob Main.

Watermaster is a partnership project by the Deschutes County Historical Society, the Main family, and producer Kevin Raichl of Visual Thinking.

Using interviews and historic footage, the piece covers the historical uses of the Deschutes River for irrigation and the challenges water managers face managing the river over 100 years later in the face of increased recreation and additional demands on the river. Bob Main spent over thirty years in water resource management; he passed away in 2013.

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