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Water Supply Information

Updated 2017 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors held a special board meeting to discuss the water start date. After review of the current weather and water supply conditions the board has set a new tentative water start date. The new water release date from the Bend Headworks and Haystack Reservoir will be Monday, April 10 with water deliveries available in some areas of the district on Friday, April 14, 2017 and should be available to the whole project by Monday, April 17.

 

2017 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors has reviewed the current weather and water supply conditions for the 2017 season. The board has set the tentative water release date from the Bend Headworks for Monday, April 3 and Haystack Reservoir for Wednesday, April 5. District crews will start priming the canals on April 6 with water deliveries available in some areas of the district on Friday, April 7.

 

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors also set a tentative water allotment at 2.50 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River water right lands, and 1.50 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River water right lands. The district will continue to monitor weather and water supply conditions to determine whether adjustments to the allotment are warranted.

 

NUID Water Supply Update - September 07, 2016

North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) and other irrigation districts in the basin are facing water supply challenges due to a number of factors, including the recent listing of the Oregon spotted frog as a threatened species under the Federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). read more...

 

2016 Irrigation Water Allotment Increased

The North Unit Irrigation District’s Board of Directors, at the May 10, 2016 board meeting approved an increase of 0.25 acre-foot for Crooked River water rights and 0.25 acre-foot for Deschutes water rights based on current water supply and availability forecasts. The allotted amount for Crooked River water rights is now 1.25 acre-feet per acre and 2.25 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes water rights. The district will continue to monitor water supply and availability conditions throughout the season to determine whether additional water supply adjustments are warranted.

 

2016 Allotment & Water Turn On Date

The North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors has reviewed the current weather and water supply conditions for the 2016 season. The board has set the tentative water release from the Bend Headworks for Friday, April 1 and Haystack Reservoir for Monday, April 4. District crews will start priming the canals April 4 with water deliveries available in some areas of the district on Thursday, April 7.

 

A tentative water allotment has been set at 2.00 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River water right lands, and 1.00 acre-foot per acre for Crooked River water right lands. Although the NUID board has set an allotment and turn on date the potential for a change in water supply and availability remains as a result of the Oregon Spotted Frog lawsuit. Currently there is a hearing scheduled on the lawsuit for March 22, 2016. The district will provide an update following the hearing and will continue to monitor weather and water supply conditions to determine whether adjustments to the allotment are warranted.

 

Albany Democrat Herald - Better snowpack, but drought concerns linger in Oregon - April 3, 2016

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Irrigation season is underway in central Oregon, and while the state's snowpack is better than it was last year, the effects of last year's drought linger. read more...

 

Madras Pioneer - Farm water availability uncertain - February 10, 2016

The seats were packed, and anxious farmers lined the walls at the Central Oregon Farm Fair Feb. 3, to hear reports on the availability of irrigation water for the coming season. read more...


To access reservoir levels, current stream flows, and other useful information, click on one of the following links:

 

2015

The Bulletin - Low water at Wickiup, Prineville reservoirs - October 8, 2015

Low snowpack last winter and ongoing drought this summer combined to cause the low levels at Wickiup, a main source of water for farmland irrigation in Jefferson County. read more...

 

2015 Water Supply Outlook by Mike Britton

2015 June Water Supply Update by Mike Britton

 

Bend Bulletin Article 2015

Drought declared in Jefferson County 6-12-2015

Crook County seeks drought emergency

 

2014

Bend Bulletin Article April 2, 2014

Central Oregon Snowpack Still Short.pdf

 

NUID Newsletter Article 2014

Water Supply Outlook by Mike Britton

 

Madras Pioneer Article 2014

Water Supplies Look Good

 

Bend Bulletin Article 2014

Central Oregon Drought Persists.pdf