NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of the North Unit Irrigation District will be conducting their Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday February 8, 2022 at 8:30 am at the Madras Municipal Airport 2028 NW Berg Drive, Madras, OR  97741.  Any submissions to the board of directors can be made in writing to the district within 48 hours of the board meeting.  

Remote participation is available via phone at 605-562-8401 passcode 4103052#


Oregon Legislative Special Session Drought Relief Package

Late last night the Oregon Legislature passed the $98.7 million drought relief package in the second Special Session of 2021. The drought package that passed last night was a great improvement over the previous drought package having increased from $75.7 million to $98.7 with most of the additional funding being directed to Jefferson County farmers and ranchers, North Unit Irrigation District and Jefferson County.  Additional information will be shared once we understand how and when the funding will become available. The drought package provides:

$40 million in forgivable loans to producers and irrigators who have sustained losses to the drought.

$9.7 million will be directed to irrigation districts to ensure they will continue to provide critical services.

$10 million for farmworkers who had to miss work because of extreme weather conditions or smoke.

$1.5 million to direct financial support, in the form of grants, to small-scale farmers impacted by drought, heat, or wildfire.

$1 million for drought resiliency work in Jefferson County, administered through OWEB.

$3 million for emergency soil conservation fund in Jefferson County (OWEB to Jefferson SWCD).

Full details of the Special Session Drought Relief Package are attached

Please contact NUID Executive Manager, Mike Britton, with any questions.

Special Session Drought Relief Package

Town Hall Meeting (Live Streamed Recording)

North Unit Irrigation District Town Hall Meeting

(PAST OCCURENCE) Thursday, December 16, 2021 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Jefferson County Fairgrounds Mackey/Conroy Building

Please join NUID Staff for an informal district update and short Q&A session.  Topics may include, Lake Billy Chinook Pumping Plant Concept, Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), and 2022 Irrigation Season Operations. 


Watch Town Hall Recording: Watch the recorded Town Hall on our North Unit YouTube, or Facebook page.

Energy Trust of Oregon Rebates/Incentives

NUID members can apply for incentives on eligible purchases up to six months ago, but rebate forms must be submitted before 12/31/2021.

Irrigation Incentives

General Hardware Rebates


Industrial Ag and Rebate Forms

2022 Irrigation Season Communication

Please click on the link to view letter from NUID General Manager, Bailey.

2022 Irrigation Season Communication

Low Reservoir Levels & Resource Protection

Please use this link to guide any questions regarding collecting items below the high water mark in Reclamation reservoirs.

Collecting Items in Reclamation Reservoirs

“No-Spray” Zone means “You-Spray” Zone

“No-Spray” Zone means “You-Spray” Zone

Putting up “no-spray” signs is not enough to maintain a no-spray zone. Patrons need a no-spray permit from NUID and they need to physically manage the noxious weeds that grow within their designated no-spray zone.

Because most canal roads are easements through private property, the District does respect landowners’ requests to establish “no-spray” zones through their property.  But as of 2020, we require a formal request to acquire a “no-spray permit” that must be approved by the North Unit Board of Directors. Once you complete your No-Spray Permit, and have it approved, we will respect the boundaries of your no-spray zone. Once a “no-spray” zone is established, the responsibility of eradicating weeds within the easement area returns to the landowner. And if weeds are not managed, the repercussions are significant.

Ignoring the Weed Control Ordinance could result in enforcement spraying, fees, and property liens. For a detailed breakdown of penal action, continue here.

Deschutes River Basin HCP

On December 31, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of the Deschutes River Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).  Habitat Conservation Plans are voluntary agreements between the Service and landowners, private companies, or other non-federal entities that ensure harmful effects to threatened and endangered species are avoided, minimized, or offset. This HCP is a collaborative strategy to share water resources in the Deschutes Basin, covering irrigation and related water management operations while enhancing fish and wildlife habitat.


The Deschutes River Basin HCP delivers predictability to water managers by providing certainty on a water storage, release, diversion, and return paradigm for the next 30 years in the Deschutes Basin. It accomplishes this goal through a combination of adjusted water management practices, increased funding for conservation projects and in-stream leasing programs, more gradual ramping up and down of the irrigation season releases, support for on-farm water conservation, maintenance of fish screens, and related items — all to better align the water management operations with the life-history needs of covered species.


“When the HCP was first proposed we were warned it would be difficult and time consuming. In hindsight it was all of that and more. Speaking for myself this was a big commitment and the outcome was never certain. We were fortunate to have very good people to assist and advise through the entire process. We also learned an important lesson early on that our best chance for success was to listen to and work with all parties in the basin. With the help of our partners, US Fish and Wildlife, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, environmental groups, and all the irrigation districts I believe the HCP is the best way forward for the Deschutes Basin.” Martin Richards North Unit Irrigation District Board Chairman

DBHCP Adaptive Management flyer

Habitat Conservation Plan flyer

2020 Brings New HEMP Policies

Since its introduction of the 2018 Farm Bill, federal and state policies regarding industrial hemp have increased in clarity and with it, our policies have formalized as well. Since North Unit Irrigation District is a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation project, our policies must align with state and federal guidelines.

In the June 2020 Board Meeting, the Board of Directors passed a resolution, updating the District’s policies regarding industrial hemp. This policy update can be found on our Operational Guidelines webpage through the Growing and Cultivating Industrial Hemp link.

For the most recent information regarding Oregon State Law, please refer to the Oregon Department of Agriculture