Swalley Irrigation District

Public Scoping Period Now Closed

Comments were accepted during the public scoping period from July 6, 2017 to July 24, 2017.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is currently developing a Draft Watershed Plan-EA for the proposed project in cooperation with Swalley Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, and Farmers Conservation Alliance. Upon completion of the Draft Watershed Plan-EA, another public meeting and comment period will be held.

Past Public Meeting:

Thursday, July 6, 2017

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tumalo Community Church

64671 Bruce Avenue

Bend, OR 97701


For further information please contact: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance


11 3rd St, Suite 101

Hood River, OR 97031


Please note: Before including your address, phone number, e-mail 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.

History and Vision

Since 1899, Swalley Irrigation District (Swalley) has been a progressive, responsible steward to one of our most precious natural resources, water.

Swalley provides water to approximately 4,333 acres in and around the City of Bend. The District’s mission is to support ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable agriculture, recreation, industry, and lifestyles through providing renewable energy and irrigation service for the common good. The District's contemporary primary objectives are to continually modernize and protect its infrastructure and water rights in the face of an urbanizing environment such that water is able to be managed in the most efficient and sustainable manner possible during the next 100+ years.

Swalley holds the oldest, most senior water rights on the Deschutes River. Despite being one of Oregon's smaller irrigation districts, Swalley has made some of the largest contributions back to the river with conserved water. Over one third of the Swalley water right has been permanently dedicated back instream as a result of piping projects and modernization. 

The proposed project would modernize the remainder of Swalley’s Main Canal and 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 Swalley Irrigation District at https://www.swalley.com/