The Crooked River Water Quality and Supply Reliability Project would include a pumping plant on Lake Billy Chinook, a pipeline, and associated features to deliver water to Deschutes Project facilities. A Phase 1 design study was completed in 2020.
The project allows NUID to utilize water rights in or transferred to Lake Billy Chinook (LBC).
Future water supplies would consist of:
NUID Crooked River water rights with point of diversion relocated to LBC, increasing streamflow in the Crooked River by up to approximately 30,000 acre-feet per year.
Prineville Reservoir storage releases supplied by USBR to NUID. Under P.L. 113-244 NUID can contract with USBR for up to 10,000 acre-feet per year from Prineville Res.
ESA/HCP-related off-season (winter) releases of Wickiup stored water for fish and wildlife purposes, that collect in Lake Billy Chinook.
Conserved water from COID piping projects delivered via the NUID Main Canal. Studies have estimated savings available to NUID at 35,000 acre-feet.
Diversions at Bend into the NUID Main Canal, including NUID live flow water rights.