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64672 Cook Ave., Suite
#1 Bend OR 97701
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Karl at 541-410-8681 or Kelly, 541-410-8682, Monday-Friday
from 7:30- 3 p.m.
Calls outside of this time period should only be urgent
Office hours are Monday-Friday, from 7:30 to 4 pm.
The office is closed for lunch from 12-12:30.
There may be times when no one is in the office.
You may leave a message on the answering machine.
After Hours Emergency: 541-388-1452
Upcoming board meetings:
April 14, May 28, June 16, July 29,
September 16, October 14, November 12, and December 16
All meetings will start at 9 a.m. unless noted
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THE LAST 2014-2015 STOCK WATER RUN
WILL BE MARCH 30-31.
customers delivered by COID should check
with COID on their stock water run
Always use water
conservatively - it helps the Deschutes
Your cooperation is
2015 IRRIGATION SEASON STARTS
|May 16-September 15
Living on a Few Acres Conference
Presented by the Oregon State University Extension Service
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8am-5pm
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
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
The Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan
the Proposed Listing of the Oregon Spotted
For several years, Swalley Irrigation
District and Central Oregon’s other irrigation
districts (Districts), and the City of
Prineville, have been developing the Deschutes
Basin Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).
Our HCP is meant to improve habitat for
federally listed species such as bull trout and
steelhead, while enabling the Districts to
continue all of their traditional water
management activities, including storing water
in and releasing it from Bureau of Reclamation
One of the species we have been
evaluating as part of our HCP is the Oregon
Last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (Service) proposed listing this frog
under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA).
If listed, it would be illegal to “harm”
In the next few weeks, the Service is expected
to list the Oregon spotted frog as a
“threatened” species under the ESA.
This listing, which would occur in the
States of Oregon and Washington, may present
significant challenges for managing the
Deschutes Basin’s water supplies.
Farmers, ranchers, and the Districts have
been working diligently with the Service and
other local, state and federal agencies,
conservation groups, and others to address the
needs of many different species of fish and
wildlife, but this listing could make our work
even more challenging.
The frog situation is
Water supplies could be called upon from
Central Oregon reservoirs like Crane Prairie,
Wickiup, or Crescent Lake at the same time water
normally would be stored in these reservoirs for
the upcoming irrigation season.
And if there were storage releases in
winter or spring for the frogs, those releases
may conflict with
through the HCP to provide more water in the
summer for steelhead, bull trout and salmon.
For these and other reasons, the
success of our HCP is very important.
Later this month, the Districts and the
City will propose conservation measures for
several species, including Oregon spotted frog,
to the federal agencies.
We will also brief the public and other
While we do not expect final approval of
our HCP until next year, we wanted to make sure
you are aware of our work on this matter.
If you would like to know more
about our HCP, please call the District office.
If you would like to learn more about the
Oregon spotted frog, please see the links below.
On behalf of Central Oregon’s primary
irrigation districts, the Deschutes Basin Board
of Control will continue to work closely with
all involved to ensure that a decision to list
the Oregon spotted frog under the ESA
complements our conservation efforts in the
Deschutes Basin, and does not result in
For the Service’s proposed
listing of the Oregon spotted frog, see:
For the Service’s proposed
critical habitat designation for the Oregon
spotted frog, see:
For the Service’s news release
regarding the proposed listing and designation,