Important Information

NOTICE OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION

 The Central Oregon Irrigation District will be accepting nominations for one position on its Board of Directors:

  • Division 4 from the Alfalfa Area

The term for Division 4 is for three years beginning on January 1st, 2022.

Qualifications are as follows: must be at least 18 years of age, must be the owner of property with 2 or more acres of COID water rights within the Division, must live within the State of Oregon and must submit a petition signed by 10 qualified voters within the Division to the District office no later than 4:00 P.M. on October 5, 2021.

Nomination petitions can be obtained from the District office.   If only one petition is received for a Division, the petitioner will be certified as having been nominated and elected for that Division.  The receipt of two or more petitions for the Division will require an official election to be held on Tuesday, November 9, 2021.  The election will be a vote-by-mail.

Contact Central Oregon Irrigation District at (541)548-6047 with any questions.

2021 DROUGHT DECLARATION UPDATE (6/18/21)

Drought used to only happen one in ten years but they are increasingly becoming the new normal. In drought conditions, it has and will continue to become necessary for the Oregon Water Resources Department and COID to manage appropriately and, in some instances, make changes to the system and the flow rate at which deliveries are made to its patrons.

We are doing everything we can to conserve and stretch our water supply during this challenging time. We are optimistic that we will be able to run water consistently in our system through the season while reducing delivery rates as the natural river flows decrease.

As of last week, as part of our drought management strategy, COID as a senior water rights holder committed to and began sharing up to 100 cfs of operational water to our junior irrigation district partners (North Unit Irrigation, Arnold Irrigation, and Lone Pine Irrigation). The benefits are two-fold, as we will be able to meet the requirements of the Habitat Conservation Plan while helping other districts stretch their water supplies to irrigate longer.

If You Don’t Need it – Leave It and call the District!

We are asking our patrons to manage their water as efficiently as possible. If you are not using all of your water right, please notify the District office to ensure the water is managed to benefit agricultural demands.

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USDA to Invest $41.8 Million in Conservation Assistance for Producers in Drought-Impacted States (Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon)
WASHINGTON, June 9, 2021 – In response to historic drought conditions, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering $41.8 million through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to help agricultural producers in Arizona, California, Colorado and Oregon alleviate the immediate impacts of drought and other natural resource challenges on working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will make available this funding through Conservation Incentive Contracts, a new option available through EQIP. Signup for this targeted funding has begun and NRCS will accept applications through July 9, 2021. (Find the full press release here!)

Central Oregon Irrigation District & North Unit Irrigation District Agreement

The irrigation districts are partnering together using a collaborative, scalable, and thoughtful approach to conservation. The districts are working together and have been successful in securing large-scale investments needed to make a difference and are committed to ensuring the improvements benefit everyone, including rivers, fish, and frogs.

On December 7, 2017, COID and NUID entered into a water sharing agreement. The agreement outlines the districts’ commitment to incorporate all the tools at their disposal to share water, allowing NUID to leave more water in the river during the winter.

COID’s conservation measures will generate a more reliable water supply for NUID. NUID will then be able to make water available from its storage in Wickiup Reservoir to increase winter flows in the Upper Deschutes River.

Agreement Document Click Here: COID-NUID Amendment 12.7.17

Central Oregon Irrigation District Agreements Documents

The Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) has completed a Programmatic Agreement (PA) developed in concert with the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) and the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (Oregon SHPO) to increase efficiencies in the procedures used to identify and address impacts to historic properties under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act when Reclamation funds canal piping projects or other improvements to COID’s irrigation infrastructure.

The PA was developed in accordance with 36 CFR 800.14(b) to streamline Section 106 compliance responsibilities when federal grant funds are awarded or issued by Reclamation to COID for water and energy conservation projects, such as canal piping. In 2014, Reclamation, COD and Oregon SHPO committed to develop this PA under a Memorandum of Agreement that outlined steps the parties would take to mitigation for adverse effects of piping projects on historic properties. Comments received from the public were taken into consideration by Reclamation, Oregon SHPO and COID in modifying the draft PA; this final PA reflects these modifications.

For additional information, please contact Gregg Garnett, Bend Field Office Manager at 541-389-6541, ext. 226 or ggarnett@usbr.gov.

Document Click Here: PA Final

2019 DESCHUTES BASIN HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN UPDATE

Initiated in 2009, the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (DBHCP) is a plan that will be used by the City of Prineville and the eight Irrigation District members of the DBBC to meet their current and future water needs while enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. The City and Districts determined they would produce a more comprehensive Plan by working together rather than individually. You can read an update on the plan or see our frequently asked questions by clicking on the links below.

Recent Statements and Questions relating to the HCP Nov 2019

Frequently Asked Questions HCP

Habitat Conservation Update Spring 2019