Important Information

Drought Notification

On June 15th Deschutes County Commissioners unanimously approved a Drought Declaration due to low river flows and some of the lowest storage levels ever recorded in area reservoirs.

Most of Deschutes and Crook counties are in a state of severe drought, according to the U.S. drought monitor. A portion of Jefferson County is one level up, in extreme drought.

Droughts are hydrologically unique events that occur under different historical and climate conditions. But all droughts provide opportunities to improve and adjust water management practices.

While we cannot create new water, supplies can be reallocated. Please contact COID if you don’t want or aren’t able to use your water efficiently this irrigation season. The water you don’t use can be passed along to a farmer to produce crops in 2020.

The small steps we take as individuals to conserve water add up and can make a huge difference for our region.

Interested in sharing your water? Please call COID at 541-548-6047.

COID Office Closed to the Public

Central Oregon Irrigation District’s office is closed to the public for in-person services starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The temporary measure will last through the end of the month, or until such time that appropriate measures are in place to ensure public health and safety.

If you have a payment or something to drop off, please leave it in our locked drop box to the left of the front doors. If you need to talk to a staff member, please call us at 541-548-6047 and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy!

~The COID Staff

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