Entries by Lisa Windom

How to provide feedback on the DBHCP

Guidelines for Reviewers of the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement  Deschutes Basin Board of Control and City of Prineville   November 2019 The Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (DBHCP) was prepared by the eight irrigation districts of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control (DBBC) and the City of Prineville (City) […]

Lava Island Fish Rescue: a Success!

Though the date for the event shifted multiple times throughout the past week, we were blessed to have proactive volunteers ready to jump into action the moment we said: “go!” The rescue occurred across two days: Saturday evening and Sunday morning, rescuing over 3,000 fish from pools throughout the disconnected side channel (final count still […]

Proposed Watershed Plan Released for Comment

North Unit Irrigation District, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and Farmers Conservation Alliance are developing a Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment to help the District and its irrigators to conserve water, improve water delivery reliability, reduce energy use and operation and maintenance costs, and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. This project would complement prior […]

 Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan Open for Comment

45-Day Public Comment Period Begins October 4 2019 for the Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan   The Draft Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was published on October 4, 2019 and is now available for public comment.  Written comments will be accepted through November 18, 2019 The Plan was […]


The district is accepting nominations for positions on its Board of Directors for Division Three (3), in the area East of Madras between Gateway and Highland Lane, now being held by Martin Richards and one director for Division Five (5), in the area South of Iris Lane to the Crooked River, now being held by […]


At the September 10, 2019 North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting the board set a TENTATIVE 2019 irrigation season water shut off date and schedule as follows:  The district’s diversions at the Main Canal in Bend and at Haystack Dam will be shut down on the morning of Thursday, October 10, 2019.  The […]

Operations Proceed as Usual

Following recent board review and discussion regarding water supplies for the balance of the 2019 irrigation season, there remains no change in water operations or allotment at this time.  In addition, the District currently believes there will be no need for interrupted operations.  Water supply from Wickiup Reservoir is tracking very close to last year […]

Stay safe this summer!

As the weather heats up, we will all be looking for a place to cool off. But irrigation canals should NOT make the list. Though they look similar to rushing rivers, they have more hidden dangers than what first comes to mind. Irrigation canals have hidden cement structures, slippery moss and sharp rocks, straining barbed […]

Start Date Announced

North Unit Irrigation District will start priming its canal system on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 7 am. Priming will be slow and conservative. Water requests will be accepted Monday April 29th, 2019 for a Tuesday April 30th delivery.  Patrons who have deliveries below Haystack Reservoir can place water orders by calling in to the […]