The dam generates power for the city of Roseburg.

   False – the dam hasn’t produced electricity since 1964.

• The dam supplies Roseburg’s drinking water.

   False – the intake for the drinking water supply for 37,700 Douglas County residents is 50-feet downstream of the dam.

The dam provides flood control.

   False – Winchester Dam has never provided flood control.

 Douglas County operates and maintains the dam.

   False – it’s privately owned by Winchester Water Control District.

• Homeowners lose water rights if the dam is removed.

   False – they retain their waters rights after removal.

 The August 2023 dam repairs will last 100 years.

   False –the dam leaks even worse since the recent repairs.

 The dam keeps out smallmouth bass & invasive fish.

  False – invasive fish like the warm water behind the dam.

   Only cold, wild, undammed rivers repel invasive species, as the North Umpqua River did for hundreds of thousands of years before the dam was built.

 The dam helps salmon & steelhead migrate upstream.

   False – the 17-foot dam is too high for native fish to jump.  It’s now Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s second highest private dam priority for fish passage.

It’s the only fish counting station on the North Umpqua River.

False – The Soda Springs Dam and the Rock Creek Dam are both on the North Umpqua River and both have fish counting stations nearly identical to the one at Winchester Dam. Additionally, fish count data is obtained from spawning surveys, creel & catch records, and hatchery escapement data.

 The dam’s fish ladder helps fish migrate upstream.

False – Fish ladders lack the strong, regular flow of “attraction water” that draws fish. In general, only 3% of the fish pass through effective ladders.