Important Information

2022 IRRIGATION SEASON START-UP

COID is expecting a water year like 2021; however, it is impossible to predict live flow and how it translates to reductions or deliveries. As drought conditions continue, please prepare for curtailment to 65% in mid to late July.

 Flow Schedule for Season:
These flows are the maximum allowable delivery Rate. Our ability to meet these rates is dependent on available water.
50% flow from Start Up Date – April 30th
75% flow from May 1st – May 14th
100% flow from May 15th – September 15th
75% flow from September 16th -September 30th
50% flow from October 1st – ?
Season shut off October (Specific date to be announced in September)
*Due to the drought conditions these flows are subject to change as flows in the Deschutes River decrease.


2022 Water Outlook – March 29, 2022

March 16, 2022, marked the third consecutive year that Deschutes County has declared a drought and the first time the county has ever declared a drought three years in a row. Twice before the county had back-to-back droughts, in 1991-1992 and 2001-2002.

Central Oregon’s snowpack and precipitation remain below average for the water year. As of March 28, the Upper Deschutes and Crooked River basins were 81% of the median for precipitation and just 57% of the median for snowpack (Snow Water Equivalent).

COID is expecting a water year like 2021; however, it is impossible to predict live flow and how it translates to reductions or deliveries. As drought conditions continue, please prepare for curtailment to 65% in mid to late July.

While conservation is a critical tool for saving water during a drought, it is only one of many actions that must be taken to address drought. COID is committed to investing in water infrastructure to diversify supplies essential to building climate resilience throughout the Deschutes Basin.

Long-term, COID is working on the following:

  • Water marketing that allows for more legal options to move water between districts.
  • Large piping projects that create significant water savings to benefit farmers, the Deschutes River and endangered species.
  • On-farm and past the Point of Delivery conservation projects.
  • Working with legislators to provide financial relief for our farmers experiencing drought.

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Letter from Board to One Acre or Less Patrons

March 18, 2022

Dear One Acre or Less COID Patron,

We are writing as a follow up to our December 10, 2021, letter notifying you of the annual assessment increases planned between 2022 and 2026.

We appreciate the input we received regarding the one acre or less service charge and want to provide additional background on the reasoning for the service charge.

The cost to operate and maintain the delivery system for smaller acreages (one or less is acre) is higher than for larger acreages. The service charge for smaller acreage covers the increased cost to deliver water. Small acreage deliveries are more problematic throughout the District than large acreage deliveries. COID field crews respond to far greater calls for small acreage deliveries than large acreage deliveries. In addition, deliveries in urban areas for small acreages are more expensive to repair due to dealing with fences, pavement and sidewalk repair, traffic control, and permits from agencies. Oregon law recognizes that subdivided and small tract lands tend to create additional expense for irrigation districts, and so the law allows districts to collect this kind of service charge.

The board took into consideration the feedback from patrons. After much discussion and reviewing our detailed rate study, the board unanimously voted to keep the one acre or less rate increase as planned. This action is necessary for the financial health of the organization and so that we can continue to provide you reliable service.

The rate adjustments provide a pricing structure and plan to meet COID’s long-term obligations.

Sincerely,

Central Oregon Irrigation District Board
Paul Kasberger, Division 1
Carroll Penhollow, Division 2
Dan Ellingson, Division 3
Brad Clarno, Division 4
Tom Burke, Division 5

Click here for a pdf of the letter and Frequently asked questions: One Acre or Less_follow up