In the Media

What about the frog?

The Madras Pioneer

On top of a historic drought, farmers and ranchers in Jefferson County gave up water for the habitat of the spotted frog and other endangered species. Farmers and ranchers wanted to know whether their sacrifices made any difference for the frog.

What does the Crooked River Wetlands Complex do?

Central Oregonian

Although we’ve had some mild days, it’s still the dead of winter and there’s not much going on at the Wetlands — at least that we can see — thus, this is a good opportunity to address a topic on everyone’s mind: why is the complex here and what does it do? You’d be surprised how many daily users of the facility have no idea, and so here’s a brief attempt to change that.

Irrigators meet to plan for the coming year

The Madras Pioneer

More than 100 farmers and ranchers gathered at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Mackey/Conroy building Thursday night, Dec. 16 to plan for the coming irrigation season. Another 50 followed the meeting online.

Editorial: A needed win for water: the water bank is back

Bend Bulletin

A water bank can mean many things. Here it is a pilot program to enable the exchange of water between patrons of Central Oregon Irrigation District and where it is arguably needed more downstream in North Unit Irrigation District in Jefferson County.

View easement staves off development of land near Deschutes, for now

Bend Bulletin

Bend-based property developer Pahlisch Homes says it has no immediate plans to build houses in the Deschutes Canyon near Mt. Bachelor Village even if it manages to purchase the land from the current owner, the Central Oregon Irrigation District.

New Deschutes River ‘water bank’ pilot program aims to ease shortages for junior irrigators


The Deschutes River Conservancy, in partnership with the Central Oregon Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District, announced Friday they are launching the 2022 Deschutes Water Bank Pilot Program. The partners called the program “a local, flexible, and voluntary water management tool, which allows for the easier movement of water to meet farmer and river needs in times of scarcity. ”