April 20, 2021 – System modifications to improve irrigation efficiencies and promote water savings in Lone Pine Irrigation District are under review through a federal environmental planning process that began in February 2018.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has reviewed the potential impacts of the Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project and released a Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA).
A factsheet and the Draft Plan-EA can be found below under Project Documents.
Lone Pine Irrigation District proposes to realign the District’s conveyance system to achieve optimal efficiency of water delivery and reduce costs, construct a new river crossing at the Crooked River and enter the District from the southern boundary, install 10.9 miles of pressurized buried pipe, and decommission 9.7 miles of open canal. The proposed project would improve irrigation water management and delivery, reduce district operations and maintenance costs, and enhance streamflow in the Deschutes River.
By converting open-ditch irrigation canals into underground, closed-pipe systems, the proposed Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project would eliminate water losses from seepage and end spills, saving an estimated 2,103 acre-feet of water annually.
The Deschutes Basin Board of Control is the lead project sponsor with Lone Pine Irrigation District as a co-sponsor. Funding and technical support is provided from NRCS, the Energy Trust of Oregon, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.
Virtual Public Meeting
NRCS, the District, and FCA hosted a virtual public meeting May 5, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A recording of the meeting is available here. The meeting discussed the Draft Plan-EA and answered questions about the project.
A printed copy of the Draft Plan-EA is also available at the Deschutes Public Library Redmond Branch (827 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond, OR 97756).
Public Comment Period
Public comments on the Draft Plan-EA may be submitted from April 20, 2021 through May 20, 2021.
Comments may be submitted the following ways:
1) Email: email@example.com
2) Online at this form
3) By phone at 541-716-6085
4) Mail to:
Farmers Conservation Alliance
Lone Pine Watershed Plan
102 State St
Hood River, OR 97031
After the public comment period, NRCS will evaluate the comments and incorporate them into a Final Plan-EA. If NRCS issues a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the project and authorizes the Final Plan-EA, the project can move into final design and construction.
The project may be partially funded through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention 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 watershed 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. The authorized purpose for the proposed project is Agricultural Water Management.
On October 2, 2018 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced a public scoping period to consider improvements to aging irrigation infrastructure in Lone Pine Irrigation District, located primarily in northwest Crook County, as well as northern Deschutes County and southern Jefferson County. A public scoping meeting was held October 17, 2018 at the Wind River Conference Center in Terrebonne, Oregon. Public scoping comments were accepted October 2 through November 15, 2018. Documents from the scoping process can be found below under Archives.
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.
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.
Documents from earlier in the planning and public process.