The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Oregon State Office announces its intent to prepare an EIS for the Central Oregon Irrigation District
(COID) Pilot Butte Canal (PBC) Project in the proximity of Redmond and Bend.
The EIS process will examine three alignment alternatives for replacing the existing PBC with a piped and pressurized system. The purpose of the new system is to promote irrigation water conservation on approximately 21 miles of COID-owned infrastructure, improve water delivery reliability to COID patrons, and reduce long-term operation and maintenance costs.
NRCS is requesting comments to identify significant issues and potential alternatives, information, and analyses relevant to the proposed action from all interested individuals, Tribes, and Federal, State and local agencies and jurisdictions.
The need for watershed planning is established and implementation of management actions are authorized under Public Law 83-566, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954, as amended, and Public Law 78-534, the Flood Control Act of 1944.
The public meeting scheduled for July 19, 2022, is part of the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS. The NOI formal scoping period closes July 18, 2022, however with the publication of this Notice Of Availability, the closure of scoping has been extended to July 26, 2022, to accommodate the public scoping meeting on July 19, 2022, and comments received based on information provided at the meeting.
INFORMAL SCOPING VIRTUAL MEETING
COID hosted a virtual informal scoping meeting on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.