Arnold Irrigation District

Public Scoping Comments Accepted Until May 15 for Proposed Irrigation Project

Arnold Irrigation District and project partners propose to modernize aging infrastructure to conserve water, reduce energy use, improve operational efficiencies, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Deschutes River.  

By converting open-ditch irrigation canals into underground, closed-pipe systems, the proposed project could reduce seepage water losses by up to 14,607 acre-feet, a rate of up to 45.1 cubic feet per second, over the entire irrigation season. Arnold Irrigation District is located in central Deschutes County on the south side of Bend, Oregon. 

The project is sponsored by the Deschutes Basin Board of Control and Arnold Irrigation District, with funding and technical support from the Energy Trust of Oregon, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farmers Conservation Alliance. 

Members of the public are invited to provide input to help guide planning efforts during a scoping meeting, April 17 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elk Meadow Elementary Gymnasium, located at 60880 Brookswood Blvd in Bend, Oregon.

Improvements under consideration may be partially funded through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (PL 83-566) and would address water conservation, enhancement of aquatic species habitat, and public safety risks while supporting existing agricultural land use. 

Public comments will be accepted April 3 through May 15, 2019 related to proposed irrigation improvements in Arnold Irrigation District. Scoping comments will be used to develop a Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment for the proposed project.  

Located on this page are a fact sheet, map, presentation from the April 17 public meeting, and a preliminary report, which gives an overview of the District's infrastructure.

Comments can be submitted in the following ways:

1) At the public meeting April 17, 2019

2) Email to:

3) At this online form

4) Mail to: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance

Arnold Watershed Plan

102 State St 

Hood River, OR 97031

For more information about Arnold Irrigation District, please visit their website

For further information please contact: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance


Please note: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. 

Further information on the public involvement process can be found at the Council of Environmental Quality's Citizens Guide to NEPA.