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The daily business of Tumalo Irrigation District isn’t just about turning on and off water. In addition to the daily management of District water resources, TID also implements and monitors aggressive conservation efforts, and advocates for its patrons’ best interests in ongoing litigation.

piping-workReplacing open earthen canals with enclosed pipelines ensures that seepages and evaporation are significantly reduced, saving significant amounts of water. Piping canals also conserves energy as a result of increased pressure in the system, results in more consistent water delivery, and eliminates the risk of drowning and water-related injuries in canals.

Learn more about Tumalo Irrigation District’s progress in piping its canals:

540-acres-mapPreviously a surface mine and reclaimed according to the standards of the Department of Mining and Industries, 540 acres of land owned by Tumalo Irrigation District must be rezoned as it is no longer operates as a surface mine. The Tumalo Irrigation District began discussing the rezoning process with Deschutes County in September 2015 with the intention to ask for rezoning to an MUA-10 (multiuse agricultural 10 acre parcels).

Tumalo Irrigation District’s goal is to identify options for the property that best serve the District’s mission and financial obligations to provide irrigation water to its patrons. Its fiscal duty as holders-in-trust of the property is to maximize the value to the District. In view of the current issues related to maintaining the safety of those using the 540-acre parcel for recreational purposes, TID views the rezoning process as an opportunity to create a beneficial asset for Tumalo residents.

TID will keep patrons informed as the rezoning process continues. In the meantime, more information is available below:

spottedfrogAs a member of the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, Tumalo Irrigation District is participating in the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan. It is a multi-species plan that will include conservation projects that improve habitat for native species, including the Oregon Spotted Frog.

Learn more about Oregon Spotted Frog litigation by visiting the Deschutes Basin Board of Control website.

tumalo-reservoirTumalo Reservoir has a long and complicated history that continues to be debated today. For example, questions were recently raised and presented to Deschutes County about maintenance of Tumalo Reservoir and the use of silt from it to bed pipelines, a practice TID has been doing for more than 80 years. Subsequently, in May 2016, Deschutes County found that it is against a new interpretation of county code for TID to maintain Tumalo Reservoir or use the silt from the reservoir along the canals (where it came from in the first place) to bed pipes without first obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for mining from Deschutes County. Deschutes County has also declared Tumalo Reservoir a wetland.

Learn more about Tumalo Reservoir history and current events:

marijuanaSince the legalization of marijuana in Oregon, interest in cultivating cannabis in Central Oregon has grown. Tumalo Irrigation District is committed to updating its Patrons and the community as policies and practices develop related to marijuana cultivation, and improving understanding about its impact on the local economy and culture.

Learn more about marijuana and the State of Oregon: