Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan
irrigation districts, working through the
Deschutes Basin Board of Control (made up of
the seven primary irrigation districts in the
basin), and the City of Prineville have been
working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, National Marine Fisheries Service,
conservation groups, the Deschutes River
Conservancy, and others, on a comprehensive
basin-wide Habitat Conservation Plan for
several years now.
The HCP reflects a long-standing commitment by the City/Districts to protect, restore and enhance fish and wildlife habitat throughout the Deschutes Basin and is simply another constructive step forward in the responsible stewardship of water resources by the City/Districts.
The HCP would cover several species in the basin listed or proposed for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act that may be affected by traditional and routine City/District activities. These species include the Oregon spotted frog, steelhead and several others.
The City/Districts recently completed a number of the scientific studies needed to determine what potential effects City/District activities may have on species that are listed or proposed for listing under the ESA.
The City/Districts are in the process of developing a series of conservation measures to address the potential effects of their activities, and are looking forward to further discussions with the Services and other stakeholders regarding these proposed measures.