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Notice of Scoping Meeting for Arnold Irrigation District Improvements

Public Notice Announcing Scoping Meeting for Arnold Irrigation District System Improvements

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), with assistance of Farmers Conservation Alliance and in cooperation with the Arnold Irrigation District and the Deschutes Basin Board of Control as the project sponsors, is considering improvements to aging irrigation infrastructure in the Arnold Irrigation District. Improvements under consideration may be partially funded through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 (PL83-566) and will address water conservation, enhancement of aquatic species habitat, and public safety risks while supporting existing agricultural land use.

The proposed project is located primarily in central Deschutes County on the south side of the City of Bend. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions with input from the public.

You are invited to attend a public scoping open house where your input is requested. The range of resource issues and conceptual alternatives addressing system improvements to the Arnold Irrigation District will be presented and discussed.

Public Scoping Open House

Date:  April 17, 2019, Wednesday
Time:  6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location:  Elk Meadow Elementary Gymnasium, 60880 Brookswood Blvd, Bend, OR 97702

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to Raija Bushnell (541) 249-3495 or

Comments may be submitted during the public scoping period starting April 3, 2019 and ending on May 15, 2019. Comments may be emailed to, submitted online at or mailed to:

Farmers Conservation Alliance
102 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031

Additional information is available online at or the NRCS link for Public Notices:


Publish Date: April 3, 2019