East Fork 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 East Fork 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.  


Background

On October 3, 2018 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a public scoping period to consider improvements to aging irrigation infrastructure in the East Fork Irrigation District, located in Hood River 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, East Fork Irrigation District, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.


A public scoping meeting was held October 18, 2018 at the Pine Grove Grange in Hood River. Several project documents are located below, including the presentation from the meeting. 

 

Public scoping comments were accepted October 3 through November 16, 2018 related to proposed irrigation improvements in East Fork Irrigation District. 


Comments were accepted in the following ways:

1) At the scoping meeting


2) Email eastforkcomments@gmail.com


3) On this website


4) Mail to: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance

East Fork Watershed Plan

102 State St 

Hood River, OR 97031


For more information about East Fork Irrigation District, please visit their website


For further information about the scoping meeting please contact: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance

541-716-6085


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.