Improved streamflow benefits to the Crooked River equal to at least 10,000 acre-feet per year, and possibly up to 30,000 acre-feet per year. Flow rate benefits are estimated to range from 30 cfs in the early season to over 130 cfs in the late summer.
Annual water supply benefits to NUID estimated to range from 40,000 to 60,000 acre-feet per year, relative to a non-project condition. The objective is to provide NUID with a water supply at least similar to historical conditions prior to the HCP and with capacity to improve upon historical water supplies.
The new project could have additional capacity to allow NUID to bypass a portion of its water at its diversion into the NUID Main Canal in Bend and instead pump water from Lake Billy Chinook.
The agricultural economy of Jefferson County is one of the most significant in the state and is the primary local economic driver. This project will allow NUID to improve unreliable, junior rights with a more secure water supply that will allow Jefferson County’s agricultural sector to continue to prosper.