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.
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.
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Farmers Conservation Alliance
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/
Wednesday October 10, 2018
6:30 – 8:00 PM
19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road
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 email@example.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.
July 6, 2017
6:30 - 7:30 PM
Tumalo Community Church
64671 Bruce Avenue
Comments were accepted during the public scoping period from July 6, 2017 to July 24, 2017.
Documents from earlier in the planning and public process.