Piping Project (Lateral 58-9)

Project #: 1804  –   Updated: March 23, 2009

Project Summary

Trout Creek provides critical spawning habitat for Summer Steelhead and resident Redband Trout. Project is focusing on conserving water from four miles of open ditch irrigation water that travels through excess porous and erosive soil, thereby causing water loss to seepage in a watershed that has overallocated and conflicting water rights for agriculture and recreational values. Water quality concerns at the end of this irrigation ditch system have also been identified in Trout Creek.

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Location (by county):
Jefferson County (OR)

Watersheds:
Trout

Congressional Districts:
OR District 02

Bird Conservation Regions:
Great Basin

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
1400.0 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Piping project No

Full Project Description

Trout Creek provides critical spawning habitat for Summer Steelhead and resident Redband Trout. Project is focusing on conserving water from four miles of open ditch irrigation water that travels through excess porous and erosive soil, thereby causing water loss to seepage in a watershed that has overallocated and conflicting water rights for agriculture and recreational values. Water quality concerns at the end of this irrigation ditch system have also been identified in Trout Creek.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

Project design complete and bids for excavation and pipe are ready to go. After funding is received, the project work will begin.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Public Benefit

Primary goals:

Improve instream habitat reaches in Trout Creek degraded by past management actions and practices.
Progress:

In progress.

Targeted habitats:

    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted species:

  • Redband Trout - Oregon Great Basin Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 18
  • Steelhead - Middle Columbia River Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 17

Actions

Project Actions
Create/improve spawning/nesting habitat Show/Hide details
Improve in-stream fish habitat Show/Hide details
Reduce water use/conserve water Show/Hide details
Other: Conserve energy Show/Hide details
Reduce soil loss and compaction Show/Hide details

Assistance

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In-Kind Contribution
North Unit Irrigation District Show/Hide details
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Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District, in a partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Water Resources and private landowners have been monitoring the water quality and quantity in this project area for the last 3 years and plan to continue monitoring.

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

Erosion and water loss from existing open delivery ditch system is extreme in this soil type and the water and energy savings is significant to the growing central Oregon community.

What additional information would you like to share?

All of the planning, NEPA and Historical Preservation Cultural Survey work on this project site is complete.

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Organization

Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District
(Special District)

Primary Contact

Jan Roofener  (Conservation Planner)
Jefferson Country Soil & Water Conservation District
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Partners

  • Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • North Unit Irrigation District
  • Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture
  • Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Portland General Electric
  • Middle Deschutes Watershed Council
  • Private landowners



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