Pilot Butte Canal Watershed Plan & Environmental Impact Statement

YOU ARE INVITED

Please join Central Oregon Irrigation District for an online informal public scoping meeting for improvements being considered to the aging infrastructure of the Pilot Butte Canal System.

The online public meeting will be conducted using Zoom. You can participate in the meeting by computer, tablet, or telephone. A recording will be available here following the October 20, 2021 meeting.

AT THE ONLINE MEETING, THE PROJECT TEAM WILL:

  • Describe the proposed project
  • Explain the process for an Environmental Impact
  • Statement and the National Environmental Policy Act
  • Describe how the public can provide input and learn more about the project
  • Provide the project’s purpose and need
  • Present the schedule and project steps

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

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.

INFORMAL SCOPING MEETING PURPOSE
The Informal Scoping meeting will help start the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process for an EIS.

WHAT IS AN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)
The National Environmental Policy Act requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is prepared when it is anticipated that a proposed project could significantly affect the quality of the human and natural environment.  Adhering to NEPA is required on any project that would receive any federal funding.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Submitting comments is the most effective way to make your voice heard in the EIS process. Please feel free to send comments at any time during the process.

Comments may be:

  • Emailed to EisComment@coid.org
  • Submitted online at com/contact
  • Submitted via phone to (541) 699-4415
  • Mailed to: Central Oregon Irrigation District, 1055 SW Lake CT, Redmond, OR 97756