Efforts to gain a historic designation for another section of Central Oregon irrigation canal appears to have suffered a fatal blow. That’s the right result for the right reasons.
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In an effort provide for more reliable flows on the Deschutes River, the federal Bureau of Reclamation said Friday it has entered into an agreement on a southwest Bend canal-piping project with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Central Oregon Irrigation District and other entities.
A $10.7 million project is coming to the Crooked River, designed to help the region’s salmon and steelhead populations traverse the river more effectively.
Nov 30, 2017 - The Source Weekly - GUEST EDITORIAL: Pursuing a better future for the Deschutes River
Although the debates surrounding Mirror Pond have dragged on for years, there are now two actionable proposals on the table: the Bend Park and Recreation District is updating portions of Drake Park while a group of local citizens is preparing a dredging project. Together, these may represent more than $10 million worth of activity that will influence the future of the pond.
In an effort to raise flows this winter in the Deschutes River, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control said Wednesday it is taking steps to ensure that Deschutes River flows below Wickiup Dam are not less than 175 cubic feet per second through next March.
Irrigation districts on the Deschutes River Basin will be increasing flows this winter below Wickiup Reservoir.
After talk of major delays last week, a project that would replace a section of canal near the southern edge of Bend with a 3,000-foot irrigation pipeline is back on track to begin around the end of the year.
The Central Oregon Irrigation District announced plans Wednesday to begin piping about 3,000 feet of its irrigation canal in southwest Bend, from the Brookswood Boulevard Bridge heading west.
The city of Bend will take a look at the possibility of adding in-pipe hydroelectric power generation to its Bridge Creek water system, thanks to a suggestion from City Councilor Nathan Boddie.
The Tumalo Irrigation District is seeking contractor bids for the fifth phase of its project to pipe the Tumalo Feed Canal, to halt water loss due to evaporation and leaks and protect Tumalo Creek flows and Crescent Lake storage.
Expanding Drake Park by filling a portion of Mirror Pond would be a costly undertaking, members of the Bend Park & Recreation District board learned Tuesday.
The Deschutes County Commission took an important action Monday to stop a historic designation and protect the Deschutes River. It agreed to send a letter to the state’s historic preservation office to oppose the designation of 3.4 miles of Central Oregon Irrigation District canal as historic.
Thanks to aging infrastructure, complicated legal snags and other factors, some of the irrigation districts operating within the Deschutes Basin are falling short of water. However, a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation should provide a partial solution.
A company with an office in Redmond has cried foul after Tumalo Irrigation District denied its bid for a recent piping project, opting instead to go with a bid that’s more than $600,000 more expensive.
The private group that plans to dredge Mirror Pond almost has the permits it needs to start the $6.7 million project next July. It just doesn’t have the money.
Water is too precious in Central Oregon to be mismanaged. But it could be about to happen, again. A section of the Central Oregon Canal operated by Central Oregon Irrigation District could join the National Register of Historic Places. The section covers about 3½ miles between Ward Road and Gosney Road, south of U.S. Highway 20.
Rising against this backdrop of gung-ho development, Congress passed the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act in 1968 with unanimous support in the Senate and with a bipartisan 265-7 vote in the House.
Just under 3 1⁄2 miles of a Central Oregon Irrigation District canal to the east of Bend could become the region’s newest historic landmark.
SUNRIVER — Water levels along the Upper Deschutes River have slowly receded over the first couple weeks of September, which means life is finally returning to normal for Nancy Capell and her garden.
Federal authorities will soon be sharing preliminary findings of a water study of Oregon’s Upper Deschutes Basin with landowners and other affected parties.