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 Central Oregon Irrigation District Irrigation 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 June 16, 2017 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a public scoping period to consider improvements to aging irrigation infrastructure in Central Oregon Irrigation District, located in north-central Deschutes County. 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 a collaborative effort between NRCS, Central Oregon Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.
A public scoping meeting was held July 10, 2017 at the Redmond Grange (707 SW Kalama Ave, Redmond, OR 97756). Several project documents are located below, including the presentation from the meeting.
Scoping comments on the project were accepted during the public scoping period from June 16, 2017 to July 24, 2017.
For further information please contact:
Farmers Conservation Alliance
102 State St
Hood River, OR 97031
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.
Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) was established in 1918. The District’s mission is to provide reliable and efficient delivery of water to our patrons in an environmentally and economically sustainable manner with courtesy and integrity.
The District provides water for about 45,000 acres within an 180,000 acre area in Central Oregon. More than 700 miles of canals provide agricultural and industrial water to the Terrebonne, Redmond, Bend, Alfalfa and Powell Butte areas. In addition, COID provides water to the City of Redmond and numerous subdivisions; in Bend, many parks and schools receive water through the COID system.
The system consists of two main canals: the Pilot Butte Canal, which runs north through Bend, Redmond and Terrebonne; and the Central Oregon Canal, which runs east, through Bend, Alfalfa and Powell Butte. Both canals divert water from the Deschutes River.
The proposed project would modernize the remainder of COID's Pilot Butte Canal and associated laterals, improving water conservation, water delivery reliability, and public safety. The project would improve water quality and stream habitat in the upper Deschutes Basin while improving the economic sustainability of agriculture in the Deschutes Basin.
Learn more about the proposed project in the documents below. Learn more about Central Oregon Irrigation District at http://coid.org/