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Central Oregon Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Available

January 16, 2020 -  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has reviewed the potential impacts of the Central Oregon Irrigation District Smith Rock-King Way Infrastructure Modernization Project and released a Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).


Public comments on the Draft Plan-EA were accepted from January 16, 2020 through February 18, 2020. 


A public meeting was held Monday, February 3, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Terrebonne Community School, 1199 B Ave, Terrebonne, OR 97760 to discuss the Draft Plan-EA, answer questions about the project, and collect public comments during a breakout session. 


More information is available on the Central Oregon project page

East Fork Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Available

January 8, 2020 -  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has reviewed the potential impacts of the East Fork Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project and released a Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).


Public comments on the Draft Plan-EA were accepted from January 8, 2020 through February 13, 2020. 

 

A public meeting was held Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Grange, 2835 Van Horn Drive, Hood River, Oregon to discuss the Draft Plan-EA, answer questions about the project, and collect public comments during a breakout session.


More information is available on the East Fork project page

North Unit Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Under Development

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with assistance from Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), has compiled and reviewed the comments that were submitted during the scoping period for the North Unit Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project. The comments will inform the development of a Draft Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).  


The Draft Plan-EA will identify alternatives to meet the  project’s purpose and need, identify the resources potentially affected by the project, and evaluate the effects of the project on those resources. Once the Draft Plan-EA has been completed, it will be released for public review. At that time, a second public meeting and comment period will be advertised and held to solicit questions and comments. 


More information is available on the North Unit project page.

Ochoco Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Under Development

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with assistance from Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), has compiled and reviewed the comments that were submitted during the scoping period for the Ochoco Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project. The comments will inform the development of a Draft Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA). 


The Draft Plan-EA will identify alternatives to meet the  project’s purpose and need, identify the resources potentially affected by the project, and evaluate the effects of the project on those resources. Once the Draft Plan-EA has been completed, it will be released for public review. At that time, a second public meeting and comment period will be advertised and held to solicit questions and comments.  


More information is available on the Ochoco project page.

Arnold Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Under Development

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with assistance from Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), has compiled and reviewed the comments that were submitted during the scoping period for the Arnold Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project. The comments will inform the development of a Draft Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).
 

The Draft Plan-EA will identify alternatives to meet the  project’s purpose and need, identify the resources potentially affected by the project, and evaluate the effects of the project on those resources. Once the Draft Plan-EA has been completed, it will be released for public review. At that time, a second public meeting and comment period will be advertised and held to solicit questions and comments.
 

More information is available on the Arnold project page.

Lone Pine Irrigation District Draft Environmental Assessment Under Development

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with assistance from Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), has compiled and reviewed the comments that were submitted during the scoping period for the Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project. The comments will inform the development of a Draft Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).  


The Draft Plan-EA will identify alternatives to meet the  project’s purpose and need, identify the resources potentially affected by the project, and evaluate the effects of the project on those resources. Once the Draft Plan-EA has been completed, it will be released for public review. At that time, a second public meeting and comment period will be advertised and held to solicit questions and comments. 


More information is available on the Lone Pine project page

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Overview of Irrigation Modernization Projects in Oregon

Several irrigation districts in Oregon are working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), and other stakeholders to develop Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessments that support irrigation modernization and provide local environmental benefits.


The proposed projects would convert open irrigation canals to piped and pressurized systems. Generally, the proposed projects would:


  • Support existing agriculture through improved water delivery reliability,
  • Improve water conservation in district conveyance systems,
  • Reduce operation and maintenance costs for farmers and the districts,
  • Enhance habitat for fish and aquatic species by permanently conserving water instream,
  • Improve public safety by eliminating risks from open canals.


Public participation is essential to the  environmental review process. It helps irrigation districts and agencies make informed decisions that consider the full range of environmental effects and alternative solutions. Learn more about the proposed projects on the Project Information pages. 

The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program (PL 83-566)

The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) manages the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Program, authorized by Congress in 1954. The purpose of this program is to provide technical and financial assistance to public entities for planning and implementing authorized projects that:


  • Protect watersheds
  • Mitigate floods
  • Improve water quality
  • Reduce soil erosion
  • Enhance fish and wildlife habitat 
  • Create opportunities for hydroelectric power production


In order to qualify for funding from the program, irrigation districts must have:

  1. An Authorized Final Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA); and
  2. Non-federal match funding


The purpose of this website is to provide the public information about the development of Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessments in Oregon and how to get involved in the planning process.