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Email Communication

Thursday, 15 March 2018 00:00

North Unit Irrigation District is launching a new patron email service that will help keep patrons better informed of things that affect the district and your irrigation service/water rights. Please click on the link below.

Email communication form (pdf 184kb)


2018 RRA Important Notice

Monday, 05 March 2018 00:00

Reclamation Reform Act (RRA) forms must be completed before the 2018 water season. Forms are required from all landholders (owners and operators) who hold (own or lease) over 240 acres and from all public entities that hold (own or lease) over 40 acres. Although district staff will be glad to assist you, it is your responsibility to know the law and comply with the forms requirements.


RRA Form Notice 2018

Bureau of Reclamation RRA Forms


Instream Water Leasing 2018

Friday, 08 December 2017 00:00

Water Leasing

Annual Water Leasing Program – 2018

Do you have water rights that you are not using or are thinking about not using?   Would you like to protect your water right, help improve flows in the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers?

The Deschutes River Conservancy and North Unit Irrigation District are partnering to offer their annual water leasing program again in 2018.  Each year of a lease counts as a year of beneficial use, thereby preserving the validity of your water right.  You may lease all or part of your irrigation rights, but the entire area being leased must remain dry for the duration of the instream lease.  From 2015 to 2017, North Unit Irrigation District and its patrons did not have acres to contribute to leasing. However, 4,469 acres were leased basin wide, resulting in 59.4 cfs of additional flows to Whychus Creek, Tumalo Creek, Trout Creek, Ochoco Creek, and the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers.  Protecting water with leasing increases flows in the Deschutes River below Bend by up to 30%.

For more information about leasing instream you can contact the District office at (541) 475-3625 and ask for Pam or Sue.



DRC Newsletter 2018

Weed Farm Deferral Exhibit C 2018


LEPA - LESA Trials in the Pacific Northwest

Thursday, 09 February 2017 09:16

Irrigation accounts for 80-90% of the consumptive use of water in the arid areas of the Pacific Northwest where water shortages are felt the keenest.  Center pivots and linear move irrigation systems account for well over half of the total irrigated acres in the Pacific Northwest, or 3.9 million irrigated acres (NASS Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, 2013).  Even small changes in the efficiency of these systems will have a huge impact on the total water conservation in the Pacific Northwest. For more information click on the links below.


LEPA - LESA  Low Energy Precision Application    Low Elevation Spray Application

LEPA - LESA Short Handout


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