Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Environmental Assessment and Virtual Public Meeting for North Unit Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project

Notice of Availability of Draft Watershed Plan - Environmental Assessment and Virtual Public Meeting for North Unit Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project

The United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon announces the availability of a Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA) for the North Unit Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project. North Unit Irrigation District proposes to install 27.5 miles of gravity-pressurized, buried pipe and construct four 1,000 cubic yard retention ponds, each about 0.5 acres in size. The proposed project would improve water conservation in District-owned infrastructure and improve water supply management and delivery reliability to District patrons in order to support drought resilience across the District. The Deschutes Basin Board of Control is the project sponsor and North Unit Irrigation District is the project co-sponsor. Farmers Conservation Alliance is assisting NRCS in this planning process. The proposed improvements may be partially funded by NRCS through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (PL 83-566).

The proposed project is located in Jefferson County, Oregon. The National Environmental Policy Act and the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 1500-1508 require evaluations of the potential effects of federally funded projects on human and natural resources. These evaluations include input from the public. NRCS has reviewed the potential impacts of the project and released a Draft Plan-EA for public and agency review.

You are invited to attend a virtual public meeting to provide input on this project. At the virtual meeting, project partners will present the range of resource issues associated with the project and alternatives to addressing system improvements in North Unit Irrigation District. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Date: July 25, 2022
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Register at:

The meeting will be held virtually using Zoom. A recording of the meeting will be available afterward at the same website. Media inquiries should be sent to BJ Westlund at

Comments on the Draft Plan-EA may be submitted during a public comment period starting July 6, 2022 and ending on August 10, 2022. You can view the complete Draft Plan-EA and other project information online at A printed copy of the Draft Plan-EA is also available at the Jefferson County Public Library (241 SE 7th St, Madras, OR 97741).

Comments may be emailed to, submitted online at, submitted via phone to (541) 716-6085, or mailed to: Farmers Conservation Alliance, 102 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031.