Arnold Irrigation District

Draft Watershed Plan - 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 Watershed Plan/EA).

The Draft Watershed 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 Watershed Plan 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 on the Draft Watershed Plan/EA.

Anyone who provided their email during the scoping period or signs up below will receive a notification when the Draft Watershed Plan/EA is available for review. 

On April 3, 2019, NRCS announced a public scoping meeting to consider improvements to aging irrigation infrastructure in Arnold Irrigation District, located in Deschutes County on the south side of Bend, Oregon.

A public scoping meeting was held April 17, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Elk Meadow Elementary Gymnasium, located at 60880 Brookswood Blvd in Bend, Oregon.  Several project documents are located below, including the presentation from the meeting. 

Public  scoping comments were accepted from April 3, 2019 through May 15, 2019 related to the proposed project. 

Scoping comments were submitted via the following ways:

1) Email to:

2) At this online form

3) Mail to:
ATTN: Arnold Watershed Plan
Farmers Conservation Alliance
102 State St
Hood River, OR 97031

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.

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, NRCS, and Farmers Conservation Alliance. NRCS is the lead federal agency for the proposed project. Farmers Conservation Alliance is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which, as a federal contractor, is assisting NRCS and the sponsors in the Watershed Plan - Environmental Assessment process. 

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.  

Converting open-ditch irrigation canals into underground, closed-pipe systems 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. 

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.