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Final Plans Approved for Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project

Release No.: 2021-08-001

Contact: Lauren Bennett, NRCS Public Affairs Officer
lauren.bennett2@usda.gov
503-414-3220

Margi Hoffmann, Farmers Conservation Alliance
Community Relations Director
margi.hoffmann@fcasolutions.org
541-716-6085

Final Plans Approved for Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project

Terrebonne, Ore. (August 17, 2021) - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has released a Final Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (EA) and a Finding of No Significant Impact for the Lone Pine Irrigation District Infrastructure Modernization Project.

NRCS has determined that the project will not cause significant local, regional or national impacts to the environment. With a completed environmental assessment in place, the project is now eligible for federal funding and may move forward into construction.

The project will realign the Lone Pine Irrigation District’s conveyance system to achieve optimal efficiency of water delivery and reduce costs, construct a new river crossing at the Crooked River and enter the District from the southern boundary, install 10.9 miles of pressurized buried pipe, and decommission 9.7 miles of open canal. The project will improve irrigation water management and delivery, reduce district operations and maintenance costs, and enhance streamflow in the Deschutes River.

By converting open-ditch irrigation canals into underground, closed-pipe systems, the project will eliminate water losses from seepage and end spills, saving an estimated 2,103 acre-feet of water annually.

The project is a joint effort among NRCS, Lone Pine Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, the Energy Trust of Oregon, Farmers Conservation Alliance, in coordination with other agencies, stakeholders, and the public.

The Final EA and other supporting documents for the project are available at: www.oregonwatershedplans.org/lone-pine-id.

The project may be partially funded through the Watershed and Flood Prevention Program, administered by NRCS and authorized by Public Law 83-566. Through this program, NRCS provides technical and financial assistance to local organizations (project sponsors) for planning and carrying out projects that help solve natural resource and related economic problems in a specific watershed. These issues can include watershed protection, flood prevention, erosion and sediment control, water supply, water quality, fish and wildlife habitat enhancement, and wetlands creation.

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

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