Paperwork for Free Chemical Drop-off at 2020 Farm Fair

Farm Fair is approaching and, like most years, we wait until the last minute to think about the unused pesticides and collection of hazardous chemicals in our sheds.

There will be a free chemical drop off at the 2020 Jefferson County Farm Fair, but you need to come prepared. You need to fill out some paperwork letting Clean Harbors know what they can expect to collect and turn this paperwork into Clean Harbors ahead of time (by January 29th, 2020). 

To fill out the 2020 Chemical Collection Application follow this link. This event has been coordinated and hosted by our partners: the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council, the Jefferson County Fair Grounds, the  Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon State University Extension Services, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. And for them we are grateful.

See you at the Farm Fair!!


Photo Credit to Marissa Hossick of the Deschutes River Conservancy

Reminder! Energy Trust Rebates by Dec 31st!

The Energy Trust team is anxiously waiting for your completed rebate forms.  Please be sure to get them in by the end of the year.  January 1st will be too late for this years’ purchases.  Please let all your customers, colleagues, and friends know and encourage them to submit their rebate forms.


We have rebates for the following industrial and agricultural items, each of the underlined items is a web link.

  1. Compressed Air Rebate Form:  Zero loss Condensate Drains, Cycling Refrigerated Dryers, Additional Receiver Capacity, Low pressure Drop Filters.
  2. Insulation Rebate Form: Attic, Roof, Wall and Pipe Insulation
  3. Greenhouse Rebate Form:  IR Poly, Thermal Curtains, Under Bench Heating, Intelligent Greenhouse Controller with Night Setback, Unit Heaters.
  4. Irrigation Rebate Form:  13 items: Nozzles, Gaskets, Drains, Sprinkler Heads
  5. LESA/LEPA Rebate Form:  For upgrading Linears or Pivots to LESA or LEPA systems.
  6. Natural Gas Heating Rebate Form:  Radiant Heat, Boilers
  7. Steam Trap Rebate Form:  For replacing Steam Traps
  8. Welder Rebate Form:  For replacing a transformer welder with an inverter welder
  9. Industrial Battery Charger Form:  For replacing 24-48 volt forklift or pallet jack battery charger
  10. Cannabis Dehumidifier Rebate Form:  For Replacing working dehumidifiers in indoor grow facilities
  11. Municipal Water Leak Repair: For assessing the water leaks in a municipal system


You may be eligible for these Energy Trust Rebates if:

  1. You are a PGE or Pacific Power customer for your electric rebates.
  2. You are a Northwest Natural, Cascade Natural gas, or Avista customer for your natural gas rebates.
  3. You purchased the item within the last 6 months.
  4. The item purchased is a qualifying item – follow the links above or see the attached rebate forms to learn if it is a qualifying item.


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 Vern Bare. A map of the divisions can be viewed at the district office or on the website at The terms begin January 1, 2020 and are for three years. To be eligible as a director a candidate must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or older.
  1. Be the owner of water right land situated within the boundaries of the district from their respective division.
  1. Be a resident of the State of Oregon.
  2. Must submit a petition, signed by 10 landowners with North Unit Irrigation District water rights, to the district office before 5:00 pm on the 8th of October 2019.  Petitions can be obtained from the district office.

If only one petition is received per division, that petitioner will be certified as having been nominated and elected for that division. The receipt of two or more petitions for a division will require an official election to be held November 12, 2019.

2019 Petition

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 for this time and, as a result, Wickiup Reservoir will again end up at a very low level.  The District continues to pump water from the Crooked River including the 10,000 acre-feet of NUID storage in Prineville Reservoir. The District continues to monitor supply conditions very closely and will make any necessary adjustments as warranted.

As always, feel free to contact the District office should you have any questions.