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64672 Cook Ave., Suite #1 Bend OR 97701
Phone: 541-388-0658
Fax: 541-389-0433
Email:
suzanne@swalley.com

Immediate water delivery concerns? Contact your ditchrider;
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 ones.

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:  All meetings will start at 9 a.m. unless noted otherwise.
September 9, October 8, November 5 & December 10, 2014

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CURRENT NEWS
2014 Irrigation Season
May 15-September 15 is 100% of the water allocation.  September 15-October 1, flow will be reduced to 50% of allocation. Flow in October will be 30% of allocation. Water will be shut off to the entire District on Friday, October 31.
Always use water conservatively – it helps the Deschutes Basin environment.
Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

2014 Election Results
Two seats on the Board of Directors were up for election in 2014. The deadline to turn in signed petitions to have eligibility to run for the Board was October 3. Only two persons turned in petitions, Steve McCarrel and Kelly Patrick. Since they were the sole nominees they will assume their positions for the 2015-2017, three year term, at the January 2015 Board meeting. No vote by mail ballot election will be held.

Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan

         Central Oregon’s 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. 


Deschutes Basin Habitat
Conservation Plan

The Deschutes Habitat Conservation Plan and
the Proposed Listing of the Oregon Spotted Frog

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 reservoirs.  One of the species we have been evaluating as part of our HCP is the Oregon spotted frog.  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” this frog.

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 complicated.  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 efforts 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 stakeholders.  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 unnecessary complications.

For the Service’s proposed listing of the Oregon spotted frog, see: http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/species/osf/OSF_pListing_FR.pdf.

For the Service’s proposed critical habitat designation for the Oregon spotted frog, see:  http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/species/osf/OSF_pCriticalHabitat_FR.pdf.

For the Service’s news release regarding the proposed listing and designation, see: http://www.fws.gov/wafwo/species/osf/OSF%20NR%20%20Final%20approved.pdf.