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LEPA - LESA Trials in the Pacific Northwest

Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:16

Irrigation accounts for 80-90% of the consumptive use of water in the arid areas of the Pacific Northwest where water shortages are felt the keenest.  Center pivots and linear move irrigation systems account for well over half of the total irrigated acres in the Pacific Northwest, or 3.9 million irrigated acres (NASS Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, 2013).  Even small changes in the efficiency of these systems will have a huge impact on the total water conservation in the Pacific Northwest. For more information click on the links below.


LEPA - LESA  Low Energy Precision Application    Low Elevation Spray Application

LEPA - LESA Short Handout


Business of the Year Award

Tuesday, 27 September 2016 09:53



Citizens who went the extra mile in their dedication to the community were recognized at the Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, held Sept. 15, at the Erickson Aircraft Collection.

The theme of this year’s banquet was “Celebrating 70 Years of Water,” in honor of the establishment of North Unit Irrigation District, which brought irrigation water, and generations of new farmers to the county.

Local growers Gary Harris and Marty Richards gave a program on the history of the formation of the irrigation district, and the population boom that followed. read more...


Energy Trust - Pacific Power - Portland General Electric

Thursday, 02 June 2016 07:51

Rotating sprinklers offer a new spin on savings with incentives from Energy Trust of Oregon

When it comes to irrigation, uniformity is the magic word. One of the best ways to improve uniformity is to install rotating sprinklers. Growers are replacing worn low-pressure or impact sprinklers with new rotators and saving money at every turn. With assistance from vendors, they’re saving even more by choosing equipment that qualifies for cash incentives from Energy Trust.


To learn how Energy Trust can help you save with new rotating sprinklers, talk to your vendor, or visit www.Energy Trust

Energy Trust Application


Irrigation Leader Magazine

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:00

Collaborative Restoration Efforts in Oregon’s Deschutes River Basin and the Threat of ESA Lawsuits:
A Discussion With Mike Britton, Craig Horrell, and Ken Rieck


Deschutes River basin irrigation districts deliver water to more than 150,000 acres of productive agricultural lands in central Oregon. They are the foundation of the region’s agricultural economy and stewards of the region’s land and water resources. For decades, the irrigation districts have been collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as local conservation groups, to conserve water and improve fish and wildlife habitat throughout the Deschutes River basin. Eight central Oregon irrigation districts form the Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC), which serves as a forum for the respective districts to coordinate and share resources to improve water deliveries, conserve water, and enhance river conditions. North Unit Irrigation District’s (NUID) Mike Britton is the president of the DBBC. DBBC efforts have yielded 90 different projects and returned 80,000 acre-feet o fwater annually back to the Deschutes River and its tributaries in the basin. read more go to page 4...


Developing Low-Head Hydro in the High Desert

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