Allotment and Start Date Announced

At the North Unit Irrigation District (NUID) Regular Board of Directors Meeting held on March 9, 2021, the NUID board set a tentative irrigation season start date and irrigation supply allotment. Water will begin to be diverted in Bend on Saturday, April 3, with water being available to most NUID water users on Friday, April 9. Water users above Haystack Reservoir (south of Haystack) can begin placing water orders on the NUID Patron Portal (online) or contact their ditch rider by phone between the hours of 6:30am and 7:30am on the morning of Friday, April 9. Water users below Haystack Reservoir (north of Haystack) that want water on Friday, April 9, will need to place their water order on the NUID Patron Portal (online) or call the NUID office the prior day (Thursday, April 8) before 5:00pm. The same water order schedule noted above, 6:30am – 7:30am. above Haystack and before 5:00pm below Haystack, will be followed throughout the irrigation season.
Also, on March 9, 2021, the NUID board of directors set the 2021 irrigation season allotments at 1.00 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River acres and 0.50 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River acres. This restricted allotment is based on what is projected to be deliverable based on current supplies. NUID will closely monitor water supply conditions throughout the irrigation season and may modify allotments and operations as warranted based on supply conditions.
It goes without saying that this will be yet another challenging and difficult year for NUID and its patrons. Any action water users can take to minimize early season use or demand will help ease the need for early irrigation supply releases from Wickiup Reservoir. Similarly, any measures to conserve water throughout the irrigation season will have a great impact on how the 2021 irrigation season plays out and reservoir storage for the 2022 irrigation season.

Where and how to fund your water savings

There are multiple avenues to fund irrigation upgrades in Jefferson County.  Some apply to all and others depend on the location of your property within the region and who provides you power. The presence of funding opportunities have been around for a while, but keeping track of them has always seemed like a fulltime job in itself.

Robert Wallace at Wy’East has heard your call. He has collected all the avenues currently on deck into one roadmap. Click Here!

Currently, there are multiple efforts focused on improving water quality and water quantity within Jefferson County. For local farmers and ranchers, that means an excess of resources and funding focused on improving how on-farm operations. The funding focuses on reducing soil erosion, silty run-off, inefficient irrigation, high energy costs, and more. Groups such as the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Jefferson County Soil and Water Conservation District (JCSWCD), the Middle Deschutes Watershed Council (MDWC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Energy Trust of Oregon, Pacific Power, Central Electric Coop, and partner Wy’East have all been seeking to find and fund projects that reach these goals.


It may not always seem like it, but each complete project contributes to a great tomorrow for all. Follow the links provided in Robert’s handout, or call Lisa at the main North Unit Office to find if there are projects and potential funding for you!



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