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!)