In the Media

Drought prompts a two-week shutdown

The Madras Pioneer

Water operations for North Unit Irrigation District have been made on a day-to-day basis due to the current drought

Despite a pandemic, activity on the Deschutes River was still high

Bend Bulletin

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, there was little change in the number of people who came to recreate on the Deschutes River this year compared to last summer, according to a recently released report from the Bend Park & Recreation District.

Injunction sought against Oregon irrigation pipeline

Capital Press

Opponents of replacing open canals with pipelines in Central Oregon’s Tumalo Irrigation District have asked a federal judge for a temporary restraining order to halt the project.

Drought stirs fears of Dust Bowl near Madras

Bend Bulletin

The dust is the result of persistent drought afflicting all of Central Oregon — drought that prevents farmers from planting crops on all their land, leaving wide swaths of it exposed to the elements.

Murky Waters: An agreement over what to do with Mirror Pond stalls out—again

The Source Weekly

The debate over dredging Mirror Pond is it at another crossroads: Some members of the Bend Park and Recreation District board say it’s time to open up the doors for another public process to decide the fate of the pond. Others argue that many major decisions—including public funding for dredging the pond—were made in the past. No further discussion needed. Bust out the excavator.