Contact: Margi Hoffmann, Farmers Conservation Alliance
Community Relations Director
Redmond, OR (July 9, 2020)- Plans to modernize a portion of Central Oregon Irrigation District’s irrigation infrastructure have been approved to move forward into construction.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a Final Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Central Oregon Irrigation District Smith Rock-King Way Infrastructure Modernization Project. NRCS has determined that the project will not cause significant local, regional or national impacts to the environment.
The project is a joint effort among NRCS, Central Oregon Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, Farmers Conservation Alliance, Energy Trust of Oregon and in coordination with other agencies, stakeholders, and the public.
With a completed environmental assessment in place, the project is now eligible for federal funding and may move forward into construction.
The EA and other supporting documents for this project are available below under Project Documents.
The purpose of this project is to improve water conservation in 7.9 miles of District-owned infrastructure, improve water delivery reliability to District patrons within the project area, and improve public safety on up to approximately 7.9 miles of District-owned canal and laterals.
By converting open-ditch canals into underground, closed-piped systems, the project will reduce water loss from seepage by an estimated 29.4 cubic feet per second, or 9,392 acre-feet annually. Water saved from the project will pass to North Unit Irrigation District during the irrigation season for agricultural use. In return, North Unit Irrigation District will release an equal volume of water into the Deschutes River from Wickiup Reservoir, protecting the water through instream leases in perpetuity during the winter for instream flows when it is needed most for fish and aquatic species.
The project may be partially funded through the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program, administered by NRCS and authorized by Public Law 83-566. Through this program, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to local organizations (project sponsors) for planning and carrying out projects that help solve natural resource and related economic problems in a specific watershed. These issues can include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and wetlands creation.
For more information about this and other irrigation modernization efforts, visit the NRCS Oregon public notice webpage.
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. A public scoping meeting was held July 10, 2017 at the Redmond Grange (707 SW Kalama Ave, Redmond, OR 97756). Public scoping comments were accepted from June 16, 2017 to July 24, 2017.
A Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment was released January 16, 2020 for public review. NRCS and project partners held a public meeting 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.
Public comments on the Draft Plan-EA were accepted from January 16, 2020 through February 18, 2020 via the following methods:
1) Email: email@example.com
2) On this website
3) Mail to: Farmers Conservation Alliance Central Oregon Watershed Plan 102 State St Hood River, OR 97031
For more information about Central Oregon Irrigation District, please visit their website.
For further information please contact:
Farmers Conservation Alliance
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.
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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 a portion 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/
Documents from earlier in the planning and public process.