Swalley Irrigation District

Swalley Irrigation District Final Plan-EA and Finding of No Significant Impact Released

On December 3, 2018 the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) released a Notice of Availability of a Final Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Swalley Irrigation District Modernization Project. After several years of planning and considering public input, NRCS and project sponsors have determined the project will not cause significant local, regional or national impacts to the environment.

The FONSI, Final Plan-EA, and other supporting planning documents are available below.

View the Notice of Availability and news release from NRCS.

The proposed project will pipe 16.6 miles of canals and laterals over seven years to improve water conservation, water delivery reliability, and public safety. The project is a collaboration among NRCS, Swalley Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.

NRCS released a Draft Plan-EA on September 21, 2018. Comments were accepted from September 21, 2018 to October 24, 2018. A public meeting was held October 10, 2018 at Cascades Academy in Bend to discuss the Draft Plan-EA and accept public comments. Comments were used to develop the Final Plan-EA and a response to each comment is provided in Appendix A of the Final Plan-EA.

View the past Notice of Availability and news release from NRCS.  


For further information please contact: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance


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/


Local Government

  • Bend Park and Recreation District
  • City of Bend
  • Deschutes County


  • Burns Paiute Tribe
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs


  • Farmers and ranchers who receive their irrigation water through the sponsoring irrigation districts 
  • Private landowners surrounding the open canals and irrigation infrastructure operated by those districts

Federal and State Agencies

  • Business Oregon
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture 
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Oregon Department of State Lands
  • Oregon Governor's Office
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Oregon Water Resources Department
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • U.S. Forest Service, Deschutes National Forest

Other Organizations

  • Central Oregon Land Watch
  • Coalition for the Deschutes
  • Deschutes River Conservancy
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Water Watch of Oregon

Past Meetings

Public Meeting

Wednesday October 10, 2018

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Cascades Academy 

19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road 

Bend, Oregon

Comments were accepted from September 21, 2018 to October 24, 2018.

During the comment period, comments could be submitted in the following ways:

1) At the public meeting

2) Email swalleycomments@gmail.com

3) By online form

4) Mail to: 

Farmers Conservation Alliance

Swalley Watershed Plan

11 3rd St, Suite 101

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.

Public Scoping Meeting

July 6, 2017

6:30 - 7:30 PM

Tumalo Community Church

64671 Bruce Avenue

Bend, Oregon

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