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Three Sisters Irrigation District Innovation (RCPP)

Counties: Deschutes

Primary Resource Concern: Source water depletion - Inefficient irrigation water use

Project Description

Map of the Three Sisters Irrigation District Innovation RCPP project area in Deschutes County, Oregon.

The Three Sisters Irrigation District in Oregon with government, private industry and nonprofit partners will implement multiple innovative projects to mitigate drought, improve water quality/quantity and improve fish habitat.   The project includes the completion of piping Three Sisters Irrigation District Watson McKenzie Main Canal with two HDPE side-by-side buried, resulting in the conservation of 800 acre feet of annual canal seepage loss. The on farm component of this project will encompass 61 projects, over 1500 acres, in the Upper District. The program will allow farmers in the Upper District to pipe private laterals, thereby providing access to pressurized water from the District’s pipeline. Pressurized water will eliminate electrical pumps that use over 2.5 million kWh of electricity annually. This project will allow TSID to mitigate drought by piping the District.

Conservation Practices Offered

  • Irrigation Pipeline (430)
  • Irrigation System, Sprinkler (442)
  • Irrigation Water Management (449)
  • Structure for Water Control (587)
  • Critical Area Planting (342)
  • Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)
  • Stream Habitat Improvement and Management (395)
  • Fish Passage (396)
  • Streambank and Shoreline Protection (580)
  • Irrigation System, Microirrigation (441)

Collaborating Partners:

  • Three Sisters Irrigation District
  • Upper Deschutes Watershed Council
  • OWEB
  • Energy Trust
  • Pelton Butte fund
  • Deschutes river Conservancy
  • BPA

Screening Questions

  1. Does the project address irrigation water efficiency in the current project area and facilitate connection to the Three Sisters Irrigation District pressurized main line; and/or does the project improve wildlife habitat in Whychus creek as identified in the RCPP proposal? Yes = High, No = Low

Ranking Questions

  1. Will this application result in over 8-acre inches per acre of water conservation?
  2. Will iIrrigation water management be applied at greater than the Basic level including use of Agrimet or equivalent for crop needs, soil moisture measurement, and record keeping?
  3. Will the project convert from flood irrigation to sprinkler or drip?
  4. Will the project convert private open ditch to pipe?
  5. Will project provide pressurized water to the farm to save pumping energy?
  6. Will the project benefit wildlife in Whychus creek by eliminating passage barriers and/or restoring floodplain and channel habitat?

How to Apply

If you're interested in applying for this Program, please contact:

Mark Thalaker, Three Sisters Irrigation District
Phone: 541-419-5850

NRCS Local Contact, Deschutes County