Water Marketing

Currently, the DRC works with irrigation districts and landowners to lease water rights that are not currently being used to stay instream.

We are expanding our water marketing programs to move water between irrigators to benefit farms and flows. Specifically, these programs will incentivize the movement of senior water rights from districts like Central Oregon Irrigation District to farmers that need reliable water in North Unit Irrigation District (NUID). In turn, NUID will be less reliant on Wickiup Reservoir, enabling the release of higher winter flows and reducing summer flows, moving towards a more natural hydrograph in the river.