Irrigation in Culver, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Marissa Hossick

ALLOTMENT AND CHARGES

2019 Allotment Announcement

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.

Why an Allotment?

Because North Unit Irrigation District is the junior water right holder among the six 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.

CHARGES AND ALLOTMENT HISTORY

2019 Charges

2019 Charges:

Deschutes Water Rights:

  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
  • Construction (Const)
  • Safety of Dams* (SOD)
  • Legal Fund

Crooked River Rights:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Legal Fund

*Safety of Dams Account Fee if own 10 acres or less

Excess per acre foot charge for water delivered over the minimum: Deschutes (DE) 2.00 acre feet – Crooked River (CR) 1.00 acre foot

Excess
At the end of the water season, usage over your minimum is calculated and bills for excess water are sent towards the end of October or the first week in November. This charge is required under the District’s contract with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Following charges billed in December for following year, delinquent April 15th:

Operation & Maintenance Charge (O&M)
This charge is for the operation & maintenance of the district and when paid allows a minimum of 2.0 acre feet of water per acre on Deschutes water rights and 1.0 acre foot per acre on Crooked River water rights, if available. This charge varies yearly based on the budget adopted by the District’s board of directors.

Account Charge
The District implemented a yearly account charge starting with the 2005 water year. This charge covers administrative costs incurred by the district, which the board feels should be shared equally amongst landowners.

Legal Fund
This charge was established in 2004 to cover legal and environmental costs associated with Crooked River water right acres and the District’s contract with the Bureau of Reclamation.

Construction
This charge is a repayment to the Bureau of Reclamation for the construction of the project. The District obtained a legislative amendment to our contract with the Bureau, which is effective starting the 2009 water season. Deschutes water right acres were previously subject to this charge, with the change Crooked River water right acres are now also subject to this charge.

Safety of Dams
The Bureau of Reclamation completed Safety of Dams modifications on Wickiup Dam and the District is required to pay 15% of the total cost. The estimated cost to the District is $5,766,972 and the District has a 30-year repayment contract with the Bureau. The repayment had been 50 cents per acre for the first 15 years with an additional account charge of $15.18 per account for any landowner with 10 acres or less of water rights. Starting 2019, the charges have increased to $6.00 per acre. This bill is also sent in March and is based on Deschutes water right acres.

History of Charges

Year O & M 1st ft
Excess
2nd ft
Excess
Const Bond SOD SOD
Acct Fee
Legal
Fund
Account
Charge
2019 57.26 34.36 40.08 2.35 0.00 6.00 15.18 6.46 180.00
2018 59.13 35.48 41.39 2.35 3.78 0.50 15.18 3.47 170.00
2017 56.31 33.78 39.41 2.35 3.94 0.50 15.18 6.27 160.00
2016 47.90 28.74 33.53 2.35 11.35 0.50 15.18 4.55 150.00
2015 45.87 27.52 32.11 2.35 11.26 0.50 15.18 3.00 130.00
2014 44.66 26.80 31.26 2.35 11.47 0.50 15.18 3.00 130.00
2013 43.65 26.19 30.56 2.35 11.57 0.50 15.18 3.00 120.00
2012 43.45 26.07 30.42 2.35 12.57 0.50 15.18 3.00 110.00
2011 42.45 25.47 29.72 2.35 12.45 0.50 15.18 3.00 100.00
2010 38.68 23.21 27.08 2.35 12.65 0.50 15.18 3.00 100.00
2009 36.43 21.85 25.50 2.35 12.62 0.50 15.18 3.00 100.00
2008 35.67 21.40 24.98 4.00 12.50 0.50 15.18 3.00 75.00
2007 33.64 20.18 23.54 3.00 12.09 0.50 15.18 2.00 55.00
2006 32.92 19.75 23.04 2.33 11.80 0.50 15.18 1.00 50.00
2005 31.55 18.93 22.09 2.39 12.12 0.50 15.18 1.00 50.00
2004 30.78 18.47 21.55 2.25 12.59 0.50 15.18 1.00
2003 29.00 17.40 20.30 1.99 11.24
2002 26.33 15.80 18.44 0.86 11.62
2001 24.50 14.70 17.15 1.65 9.83
2000 25.85 15.52 18.10 1.93 10.97
1999 25.85 15.52 18.10 2.12 10.97
1998 25.85 15.52 18.10 2.37 8.20
1997 25.85 15.52 18.10 2.22 6.53
1996 25.85 15.52 18.10 3.13 0.90
1995 25.30 15.18 17.71 2.92 0.90
1994 22.00 13.20 15.40 2.45 0.90
1993 21.50 12.90 15.05 2.39 0.90
1992 19.50 11.70 13.65 1.62
1991 17.25 10.40 12.10 2.08
1990 16.60 10.00 11.70 2.75
1989 16.60 10.00 11.70 2.62
1988 13.80 8.50 10.00 1.95
1987 13.80 8.50 10.00 1.55
1986 13.50 8.25 10.00 1.40
1985 13.50 8.25 10.00 1.65
1984 13.50 8.25 10.00 1.75
1983 13.50 8.25 10.00 1.75
1982 15.00 9.00 10.00 2.50
1981 12.00 7.00 8.00 3.50
1980 12.00 7.00 8.00 3.50
1979 10.50 6.50 7.50 3.75
1978 8.50 5.50 6.50 3.30
1977 5.75 4.00 4.50 4.25
1976 5.25 3.75 4.25 4.80
1975 5.00 3.50 4.00 4.80
1974 4.75 3.50 4.00 4.80

Deschutes Water Rights:

  • Operations and Maintenance (O&M)
  • Construction (Const)
  • Safety of Dams* (SOD)
  • Legal Fund
  • Bond**

Crooked River Rights:

  • Operations and Maintenance
  • Construction
  • Legal Fund

*Safety of Dams Account Fee if own 10 acres or less

**20-yr bond paid off in 2018

Excess per acre foot charge for water delivered over the minimum: Deschutes (DE) 2.00 acre feet – Crooked River (CR) 1.00 acre foot

History of Allotments

We did not always need to set an allotment on our water usage. During the irrigation season an allotment can increase, decrease or entirely lifted depending on real-time water conditions. Below is the history of our water allotments  (in acre feet per acre), and how they changed throughout the year.

Key: Allotment Increase denoted by the positive numbers. An allotment decrease denoted parentheses (##), and a lifted allotment noted by an “L.” In many cases, multiple changes were made throughout the season, a “/” separates each change, listed sequentially. 

Year Deschutes
Allotment
Crooked River Allotment Deschutes Allotment Increase or Decrease Crooked River Allotment Increase of Decrease
2019 1.50 0.75
2018 2.25 1.25
2017 2.50 1.50 0.50 0.50
2016 2.00 1.00 0.25 0.25
2015 2.25 1.25
2014 2.00 1.00 0.50/0.50/L 0.50/0.50/L
2013 n/a n/a
2012 n/a n/a
2011 n/a n/a
2010 n/a n/a
2009 n/a n/a
2008 n/a n/a
2007 n/a n/a
2006 n/a n/a
2005 2.00 1.00 0.25 0.25
2004 n/a n/a
2003 2.00 0.25 0.00/0.50 0.20/0.25
2002 n/a n/a
2001 2.00 1.00 0.15/0.10
2000 n/a n/a
1999 n/a n/a
1998 n/a n/a
1997 n/a n/a
1996 n/a n/a
1995 1.40 0.10 0.20/0.15
1994 2.00 0.50 (0.15)/(0.15) (0.04)/(0.04)
1993 2.00 1.00 L L
1992 1.20 0.10 0.10 0.10
1991 1.60 0.10 0.25 0.25
1990 2.00 0.50 0.25 0.25
1989 2.00 0.50 0.50/0.50/L 0.50/0.50/L
1988 2.25 0.50
1987 n/a n/a
1986 n/a n/a
1985 n/a n/a
1984 n/a n/a
1983 n/a n/a
1982 n/a n/a