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A Draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) has been released for the Tumalo Irrigation District Irrigation Modernization Project. The public is invited to attend a meeting about the Draft Plan-EA:

May 8, 2018

6:00 – 7:30 PM

Cascades Academy

19860 Tumalo Reservoir Road

Bend, OR 97703 

The purpose of the meeting is to inform the community of the Draft Plan-EA and to gather public comments. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) developed the Draft Plan-EA in partnership with Tumalo Irrigation District, the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, and Farmers Conservation Alliance. View the Notice of Availability and News Release from NRCS.  

The Draft Plan-EA and other relevant documents are available below. Limited copies of the Draft Plan-EA are also available at the Deschutes Public Library in Bend, the NRCS office in Redmond, and the Tumalo Irrigation District office.

Comments on the Draft Plan-EA may be submitted from April 16, 2018 to May 22, 2018. 

Comments can be sent to wsp@tumalo.org or mailed to:

Farmers Conservation Alliance

Tumalo Watershed Plan

11 3rd St, Suite 101

Hood River, OR 97031 

Draft Watershed Plan-EA


History and Vision

Originally known as the Tumalo Project, Tumalo Irrigation District (TID) has been supporting agriculture in Central Oregon since the 1880s and formally became an irrigation district in 1900. 

TID’s mission is to manage water resources to meet present and future needs of its patrons in ways that are economically and environmentally responsible. The District’s priorities are water conservation, improving water delivery efficiencies, and preserving and restoring native habitat in the Deschutes River Basin.

Today, TID has two points of diversion, Tumalo Creek below Shevlin Park and the Deschutes River near Pioneer Park, as well as storage in Crescent Lake. The District serves 667 patrons and manages more than 80 miles of piped and open canals that irrigates 7,417 acres of hay, alfalfa, garlic, lavender, and pasture for livestock. To date, the District has piped over 7 miles of canals and protected water instream through Oregon’s Allocation of Conserved Water Program.

The goal of the Tumalo Irrigation District Irrigation Modernization Project is to improve water conservation, water delivery reliability, and public safety on 68.8 miles of TID-owned canals and laterals. The project would improve water quality and stream habitat in the upper Deschutes Basin while improving the economic sustainability of agriculture in the Deschutes Basin.