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