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North Unit Irrigation District to modernize aging infrastructure

Oregon News Release: 2020-10-002

Contact:
Margi Hoffman, Farmers Conservation Alliance
Community Relations Director
Email: Margi.Hoffmann@fcasolutions.org
Phone: 541-716-6085

North Unit Irrigation District to modernize aging infrastructure
Public scoping meeting Oct. 21 in Madras

Redmond, Oregon -- (Oct. 2, 2019) – The North Unit Irrigation District and project partners propose to modernize aging infrastructure to conserve water, reduce energy use, improve operational efficiencies, improve water quality, and enhance fish and wildlife habitat in the Deschutes and Crooked Rivers.

By converting open-ditch irrigation canals into underground, closed-pipe systems, the proposed North Unit Irrigation District Modernization Project can reduce conveyance and operational losses over the entire irrigation season and improve the District’s ability to efficiently provide water to its patrons.

The project is sponsored by the Deschutes Basin Board of Control and the North Unit Irrigation District, with funding and technical support from the Energy Trust of Oregon, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farmers Conservation Alliance.

The proposed project is located in Jefferson County south of the City of Madras.

Members of the public are invited to provide input to help guide planning efforts during a scoping meeting, October 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Library Rodriguez Annex Building, located at 134 SE E Street in Madras, Oregon.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposed improvements at the meeting and submit their comments, ideas and concerns.

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 Amanda Schroeder (541) 288-3103 or amanda.schroeder@fcasolutions.org.

Public comments may be submitted through November 21, 2019. Comments may be emailed to northunit.id.comments@gmail.com or submitted online at www.oregonwatershedplans.org or mailed to: Farmers Conservation Alliance, 102 State Street, Hood River, OR 97031.

Following the public comment period, project partners will develop a Draft Watershed Plan - Environmental Assessment. The public will have an opportunity to review the draft plan and provide additional input.

Once complete, the watershed plan will enable NRCS to apply for funding to construct system improvements through its Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention program, also referred to as PL-566. Through this program, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to states, local governments and Tribes (project sponsors) to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purpose of watershed protection, flood mitigation, water quality improvements, soil erosion reduction, rural, municipal and industrial water supply, irrigation, water management, sediment control and fish and wildlife enhancement.

For more information about this and other irrigation modernization projects in Oregon, visit www.oregonwatershedplans.org or visit the NRCS Oregon public notice webpage here.

 

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