Pamplin Media Group – Ochoco Irrigation District A partnership to serve the community


The OID is proud of its partnerships with the City of Prineville, Crook County and others that result in greater benefits to the community than would not be realized by acting alone.

Outlook OIDs

Reservoir Outlook

Ochoco Reservoir 9,383 Acre Feet (21% full)

Prineville Reservoir 43,031 Acre Feet (29% full)

SPOTLIGHT: Partnering to serve our community

Ochoco Irrigation District is looking for creative ways to leverage resources and expertise. We are proud of our partnerships with the Town of Prineville, Crook County and others that result in greater community benefits than would not be achieved by acting alone.

The Crooked River Water and Jobs Safety Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-244) was the culmination of more than 30 years of collaborative work between the OID, city, county, Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs, the Northern Unit Irrigation District, and numerous conservation groups.

Together with our partners, the DIO led the effort to reach an agreement to allocate the ‘no contract’ water supplies stored each year in the Prineville Reservoir for the Crooked River fisheries. The collaborative effort led to a new law, the Crooked River Collaborative Water Security and Jobs Act of 2014, which President Obama signed into law in December 2014. The law strengthens water rights for farmers (first fill) and provides water for Prineville and water for fish and wildlife.

Other successful projects include:

Partnered with the city and the Crook County Parks and Recreation District to dig an open ditch along the city’s Rails to Trails route and adjacent to parks and the recreational bike park. This effort creates safer places for walking and recreation.

Crook County trash cleanup on Ochoco Dam this winter.

The city and the OID are partnering for the Combs Flat extension through the Barnes Butte area. The canalization and realignment of the canal allows the city to complete the road extension while conserving water and improving the safety of the open canal.

In 2020, the Crook County Roads Department assisted the OID by responding to an emergency repair of a breach in the main channel of Ochoco.

The OID and the city partnered with seven other irrigation districts to develop the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). PCH was designed to meet the needs of species listed under the Endangered Species Act and to benefit farmers and communities in our region.

The OID, City and County are proposing the development of a hydroelectric project on the Bureau of Reclamation’s Bowman Dam. The hydroelectric project will help the entire region by generating carbon-free electricity, improving fish and wildlife habitat, improving operations and maintenance of irrigation districts, and providing a long-term source of income. term to fund infrastructure improvements.

We are grateful for our strong city and county partnerships that benefit the community and the environment.

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