Building a new reservoir, drilling new wells to tap into underground aquifers and pumping water out of Lake Billy Chinook are among the high cost options under consideration by the North Unit Irrigation District to gather new water supplies. In the face of chronic water shortages in Wickiup Reservoir, North Unit has been looking to diversify its water sources.
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Mar 06, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: North Unit and COID farmers partner to get more water in the Deschutes River
As new farmers and North Unit Irrigation District patrons, we were eager to find ways to be more efficient with the two most precious natural resources that enable our livelihood: water and soil. To improve our water efficiency, we implemented drip irrigation, scientific irrigation scheduling and wireless irrigation monitoring.
The Deschutes River is flowing 5.45% higher this winter due to agreements between two irrigation districts to increase the amount of water flowing from Wickiup Reservoir.
Feb 27, 2020 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: Removing water from the Deschutes is not a right; it's a privilege
The Deschutes River was once one of the gems of the West. Due to numerous springs, its flow was nearly constant throughout the year. Clean and cold, it supported huge numbers of native trout, and other associated wildlife like the river otter, mink, bald eagles and Oregon spotted frog.
There is a growing conflict between “environmentalists,” ecologists and Central Oregon farmers over irrigation. Both farmers and frogs need water. With authentic biological research and practices, solutions for each are possible.
Mike Britton, general manager for the North Unit Irrigation District, didn’t want to use a cliche when speaking earlier this month in Madras to a group of farmers about the water crisis hitting farmers in Jefferson County. But the phrase “it takes a village” just seemed too appropriate to pass up.
Millions of dollars. Widespread agreement on contentious issues. Changes in laws and regulations. With those three things, all of the water issues in the Deschutes Basin could be solved. So it’s simple, right?
Inside a low-slung building at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds it was standing room only for presentations that would give insight into how much water would be available to farmers in 2020.
From the top of the dam holding back the waters of Wickiup Reservoir, Curtis Wood, Josh Bailey and Gary Calhoun — three employees of the North Unit Irrigation District — huddled against the wind and peered down at the partially frozen water, a swirl of green and white.
At its December 3 Bend Park and Recreation District board meeting, local leaders once again took up the discussion of the future of Mirror Pond—the water feature in downtown Bend that has been accumulating silt since its last dredging decades ago.
U.S. Sen Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will make an appearance in Bend on Dec. 14 to discuss his campaign to increase the number of Oregon rivers protected under the national list of Wild and Scenic Rivers.
The fish ladder project — completed earlier this month after two years of construction — was a long-anticipated milestone for fish making their way through Central Oregon’s network of rivers and streams as part of their life cycle.
A controversial water use plan that will guide how water in the Deschutes basin is allocated to irrigators over the next 30 years has been supported by the Deschutes County Commission.
The agricultural community in Central Oregon — farmers, local businesses, and irrigation districts — along with dozens of partners, has spent the past decade collectively rowing the proverbial boat to improve the health of the Deschutes River while preserving family farms and our rural way of life.
Agreement reached that will finally provide city of Prineville the 5,100 acre-feet of water promised in Bowman Dam bill
Oct 26, 2019 - Bend Bulletin - Guest column: What about water quality in the Habitat Conservation Plan?
L ast June, Portland General Electric released a comprehensive, multiyear water quality study of Lake Billy Chinook, the rivers that supply it and the lower Deschutes River into which water is released.
The Deschutes River can flow near Bend at a roiling 980,000 gallons a minute in the summer. But those spectacular summer flows can tell a misleading tale about the river.
Oct 03, 2019 - Columbia Basin Bulletin - USFWS RELEASES DRAFT DESCHUTES HABITAT PLAN; AIM IS WATER FOR FARMERS, IMPROVE HABITAT FOR LISTED SPOTTED FROG, FISH
A draft habitat conservation plan designed to aid several species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act, while also providing crucial water to Central Oregon farmers, will be posted in the Federal Register for review, Friday, Oct. 4, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The posting will open a 45-day public comment period for the draft HCP.
The North Unit Irrigation District and project partners will hold a public meeting later this month on their canal-piping proposal to modernize aging infrastructure to conserve water, reduce energy use, improve operational efficiencies, improve water quality and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Deschutes and Crooked rivers, federal regulators said Wednesday.
A habitat conservation plan aimed at protecting several species while shielding farmers from legal liability in the Deschutes River Basin will be formally announced this week.