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PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Federal officials released a draft watershed plan and environmental assessment Tuesday on the Ochoco Irrigation District's proposal to pipe more than 10 miles of canals and make other improvements to boost streamflows in McKay Creek and the Crooked River.
Public Works Director Paul Bertagna said expanding the wastewater system onto the 50 acres was necessary as the city continues to grow. The city of about 3,000 residents is expected to increase to more than 5,000 by 2040, according to city data.
The Deschutes River Conservancy and Central Oregon Irrigation District announced plans Wednesday for a new on-farm program that will seek to increase on-farm irrigation efficiencies and conserve water.
Wickiup Reservoir, which stores water for thousands of ranchers and farmers in Central Oregon, has been drained to its bare bottom. As farmers attempt to manage water cutbacks, biologists are also faced with potentially dire circumstances for fish and wildlife in the area.
The Whychus Trailhead off Forest Road 16 south of Sisters will be closed to allow for construction of a project to improve fish passage in the area. The Whychus Trail will remain accessible.
As reported by The Bulletin on Aug. 28th, Lone Pine Irrigation District is the latest local district to run out of water to deliver to their patrons. This is terrible news; no one wants to see farmers losing their livelihoods. Water is a complicated topic in Central Oregon with many factors contributing to the shortage. Unfortunately, rather than addressing the real issues, Terry Smith, chairman of the board for LPID, places the blame on the Endangered Species Act.
To that end, the City has issued a request for proposal for a Lazy Z Master Plan (see sidebar) that will identify and evaluate effluent irrigation options for the portion of the property suitable for that purpose, and evaluate open space park concepts and a highway view corridor for the rest of the property.
Lone Pine Irrigation District, which serves 19 patrons east of Terrebonne, was forced to shut off its water to patrons after depleting its storage and live water flow rights.
Sudden drops in the flow of the Deschutes River have been registered several times this week, causing concern among biologists for the health of fish along the middle stretch of the river.
Farmers in Jefferson County find themselves in an analogous position to other businesses in Bend, Portland and throughout the state. Lack of water for crops, this year and last, has caused them to leave 30% to 40% of their fields unplanted, much like a brick -and -mortar shop closing its doors for months on end.
The Deschutes River can get so low below Bend at some times of year water temperatures shoot up, making it poor wildlife habitat. Upstream of Bend things can get worse. Fish can be left flopping around, stranded in shallow pools. Some irrigation district customers also get plenty of water while others with more junior rights can suffer.
Farm industry leaders fear recent cuts to Oregon Water Resources Department’s budget will have serious impacts on irrigated agriculture and water infrastructure.
Currently, irrigation districts are compensated with state and federal grants to pipe and improve their delivery systems and receive a portion of the conserved water to expand service. Conservation groups and natural resource agencies are compensated with donations and grants to get more water back into the stream and serve the requirements of the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts.
The Deschutes Land Trust (DLT) announced last week that it has purchased and protected 1,123 acres of land along Whychus Creek northeast of Sisters. Rimrock Ranch includes rugged canyons, pine and juniper forests, and almost two miles of Whychus Creek.
The news that the Rimrock Ranch is going to remain what it is today and forever more, because it is now under the ownership of the Deschutes Land Trust, (DLT), is like hearing that apple pie is for breakfast and will help you live to 120.
The generation of hydropower in irrigation canals has long been heralded a win-win solution for both irrigators and rivers.
Drink water? This should matter to you. The Upper Deschutes basin has an estimated annual median water shortage of 135,000 acre-feet with up to 350,000 acre-feet in dry years. An acre foot is the amount of water to cover an acre in one foot of water. In short, it's short a lot.
A plan by the Central Oregon Irrigation District to convert 7.9 miles of canals into closed pipes has received approval by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the latest step by irrigation districts to modernize century-old infrastructure.
I stood waders-deep in an urban stream, running my net back and forth through the water, squinting and studying the sparkling ripples that blinded me. I felt eyes on me; curious park-goers who hoped to interact with me in some way.
A decision on whether or not to approve the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan, which seeks to establish flow rates for the Deschutes River for the next three decades, is on track to be made by the end of this year.