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


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 last date that ditchriders will make water adjustments for district waterusers will be Wednesday, October 9, 2019.


The last date that district waterusers can place a water order is before 5:00 pm on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 below Haystack or between 6:30 am and 7:30 am on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 for waterusers above Haystack.

Water will remain running to those waterusers who have ordered water until the main canal and laterals have drained out.

Please plan your operations accordingly and visit for any updates to the above tentative schedule.

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.

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 District office on Monday April 29th (between 8 A.M. – 5 P.M.) for Tuesday April 30th delivery. All patrons above Haystack Reservoir can place water orders with their Ditchrider the morning of April 30th (between 6:30 A.M. – 7:30 A.M.) for irrigation deliveries on April 30. Please contact the District office (541.475.3625) to obtain Ditchrider contact information as necessary.



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.