The water bank is a program that is a local, flexible, and voluntary water management tool, which allows for easier movement of water to meet farmer and river needs in times of scarcity.
Funding for the Deschutes River Conservancy was included in a $20.5 million package for a suite of 13 drought resiliency projects in five Western states. The Deschutes Basin was the only project site to be selected in Oregon.
The Deschutes River Conservancy (DRC), in partnership with Central Oregon Irrigation District and North Unit Irrigation District, is launching the 2022 Deschutes Water Bank Pilot Program. The program is a local, flexible, and voluntary water management tool, which allows for the easier movement of water to meet farmer and river needs in times of scarcity.
The Deschutes River Conservancy and Deschutes Land Trust announced today a water rights transfer that will help return more water to Whychus Creek, providing a buffer for future drought years.
The Deschutes County Commission has approved an additional American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) investment of $1.45 million for an On-Farm Efficiency Water Conservation Investment project. “The money couldn’t come at a better time as Central Oregon endures another year of extreme drought,” Fitzpatrick concluded. “Impacts are being felt in every stream and every irrigation district throughout the Deschutes Basin.”
Despite extreme and persistent drought conditions this summer, all eight irrigation districts belonging to the DBBC remain firmly committed to implementing the conservation measures outlined in the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan.
Deschutes River Conservancy receives funding from Coors Seltzer to Help Stabilize Whychus Creek Flows
Redband and Steelhead Trout in Whychus Creek to Benefit through funding from the Coors Seltzer Change the Course program.
USDA Awards $2.6 Million to Implement Central Oregon Irrigation District Water Conservation Projects
The Deschutes River Conservancy will be awarded $2.6 million to implement water conservation projects within Central Oregon Irrigation District to reduce water demands and restore flows in the Upper Deschutes River.
COID canal piping project improves water deliveries for Madras area farms, and improves Crooked River flows
Conservation project boosts flows up to 16%, reduces pumping costs, and improves Crooked River water quality.