Optimization of water use in the Central Oregon basin is critical to maintaining the balance of water use as societal and environmental needs continue to change over time. Modernization of the District’s conveyance system is critical to secure instream flows in the Deschutes River system and provide associated benefits to threatened and endangered species and provide operational and pressurization benefits that result from modernization.
The proposed project, located in Deschutes County, is a continuation of COID’s modernization of the main stem of Pilot Butte Canal, 25 miles from current improvements in Redmond, Oregon to its diversion in Bend, Oregon. The Pilot Butte Canal conveys water to 17,338 acres and experiences approximately 156 cfs or 50,625 acre-feet of loss due to the volcanic nature of Central Oregon’s geology.
Beginning in October 2021, crews will be conducting exploratory work to gather information about existing conditions, including the built and natural environment.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (“NCRS”) serves as the lead Federal Agency on the Project, and federal funding is being provided through the PL-566 program. NRCS will be responsible for providing technical direction during the preparation of the EIS and related documents.