Ochoco Irrigation District Partnering to serve the community
Ochoco Reservoir 9,383 Acre Feet (21% full)
Prineville Reservoir 43,031 Acre Feet (29% full)
SPOTLIGHT: Partnering to Serve Our Community
Ochoco Irrigation District seeks creative ways to leverage resources and expertise. We are proud of our partnerships with the City of Prineville, Crook County and others that result in greater community benefits than would not be realized by acting alone.
The Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-244) was the culmination of more than 30 years of collaborative work by OID, the city, the county, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, North Unit Irrigation District and many conservation groups.
Teaming with our partners, OID led the effort to reach an agreement to allocate "uncontracted" water supplies stored annually in Prineville Reservoir for Crooked River fisheries. The collaborative effort led to a new law, the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, which President Obama signed in December 2014. The law strengthens water rights for farmers (first fill) and provides water for Prineville and water for fish and wildlife.
Other successful projects include:
Partnering with the city and Crook County Parks and Recreation District to pipe an open ditch along the city Rails to Trails route and adjacent to the parks and rec bike park. This effort creates safer places for walking and recreation.
Crook County litter clean up on Ochoco Dam this winter.
The city and OID are partnering on the Combs Flat Extension through the Barnes Butte area. Piping and realigning the canal allows the city to complete the road extension while conserving water and improving safety from the open canal.
In 2020, Crook County Road Department assisted OID by responding to the emergency repair of a breech in the Ochoco main canal.
OID and the city partnered with seven other irrigation districts to develop the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The HCP was designed to address the needs of species listed under the Endangered Species Act and benefit our region's farmers and communities.
OID, the city and county are proposing the development of a hydroelectric project on the Bureau of Reclamation's Bowman Dam. The hydropower project will help the entire region by generating carbon-free electricity, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, improving irrigation district operations and maintenance and providing a long-term revenue source to finance infrastructure improvements.
We are grateful for our strong partnerships with the city and county that benefit the community and environment.
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