Engineering RFP Opportunity ​with the
Deschutes River Conservancy

February 12, 2018

DRC seeks an engineer to lead the design of a key piece of our Water Rights Switch Project on McKay Creek, a tributary to the Crooked River, located just northeast of Prineville.

The deadline for proposal submissions is March 6, 2018

The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC) is seeking proposals from qualified engineers to design, permit and oversee implementation of a water source switch project (Project) on the middle reach of McKay Creek, a tributary of the Crooked River, located approximately two miles northeast of the City of Prineville.

The DRC—in coordination with the Ochoco Irrigation District (OID), McKay Creek water right holders and a variety of local, state and federal Project partners—seeks to restore the natural hydrograph on the middle reach of McKay Creek by allowing McKay Creek landowners, from approximately rivermile 6 to 12, to trade their McKay Creek water rights for OID water rights, sourced from Prineville Reservoir and served via a new pipeline. In exchange for more reliable OID water, landowners will transfer their McKay Creek water rights permanently instream.

The Project will address many limiting factors for fish including low flow, altered hydrology, high water temperature and impaired fish passage. The availability of more reliable water rights will also provide McKay Creek landowners with the opportunity to increase agricultural production and property value.

The DRC intends to use this RFP to hire an engineering team that will be responsible for developing the design of the Project pipeline, associated pump stations and motors, and unique points of delivery in 2018-2019, and overseeing the anticipated implementation of Phase I of the Project in the fall of 2019 and Phase II of the Project in the fall of 2020. ​

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Natasha Bellis
Deschutes River Conservancy
700 NW Hill Street, Suite 1
Bend, OR  97703
Ph: 541-382-4077 x 14