As of March 12, 2019, the North Unit Irrigation District board of directors set the 2019 Irrigation Season Allotments at 1.50 acre feet per acre for Deschutes River and 0.75 acre feet per acre for Crooked River acres. This restricted allotment is based on what is projected to be deliverable, and supersedes the minimum 2.00 and 1.00 acre foot per acre for the Deschutes and Crooked River. Excess will not be charged, however, until you surpass the 2.00 and 1.00 acre foot per acre of water (for Deschutes and Crooked River) that you may receive and use from another water user.
Because North Unit Irrigation District is the junior water right holder among the seven irrigation districts dependent on the Deschutes River, we must regulate our water usage to what remains after all others take their entitled amount. A series of winter droughts, extreme summer heat and operational changes to comply with Oregon Spotted Frog Habitat have all impacted our access to our water sources from Wickiup Reservoir and the Deschutes River and taxed our ability to deliver ample water to our patrons. The board of directors compiles all the best information, models, projections, and professional advice to set the most stable and accurate allotment deliverable by the District. In setting this allotment, the District must consider groundwater storage, snow pack, reservoir capacity, operational restrictions in protection of Endangered Species, and limitations in our current transport efficiency.