Bend Municipal Watershed

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Heidi Landsdowne Water Intake Facility

Special use permits, related agreements and monitoring results required as a condition of  US Forest Service permits related to water produced within the Bend Municipal Watershed. 

HISTORY

In 1923 the City of Bend was faced with contamination of its primary surface water supply from the Deschutes River.  The construction of upstream reservoirs were creating significant algae blooms during the summer which resulted in serious water quality issues in Bend.  The privately owned water company at the time, Bend Water Power and Light, became overwhelmed with the legal, engineering and capital requirements of finding a new supply.  The City of Bend stepped in, purchased the system and together the community supported creation of the Bend Municipal Watershed.  

Since 1926, with a joint agreement with the US Forest Service, we have been fortunate to have a federal partner in the continuing production and delivery of safe, secure and pristine surface water which is our primary supply, delivered to our system by gravity.  Though during peak summer demand for irrigation, we now enjoy the added security of a 2nd source, groundwater, from the Deschutes Aquifer.  Below are the current related agreements and special use permits and monitoring results required as a condition of these permits related to water produced within the Bend Municipal Watershed.

SPECIAL USE PERMIT DOCUMENT LIST

SPECIAL USE PERMIT MONITORING REPORTS

Near Real Time Flow and Temperature Data Stations

  • Tumalo Creek Measurements Station 1 - OWRD (#14070920)
  • Tumalo Creek Measurements Station 2 - OWRD (#14070980)
  • Tumalo Creek Temperature  - Shevlin Park Rd

Flow and Temperature Monitoring Annual Reports

Fish Monitoring Annual Reports

Surface Water Production Data

MGD - Millions of gallons per day - 24 hour totals

 CFS - Hourly average flow rate in cubic feet per second (CFS) by month

 OTHER MONITORING

Bend Municipal Watershed – Voluntary Cooperative Monitoring Project

Completely separate from our Special Use Permit requirements, this project evolved between many partners as part of the discussion around continuous improvement and development of more data for better understanding of the Tumalo Creek Watershed. Bend initiated and budgeted for this voluntary cooperative flow and temperature monitoring program. Key partners are the US Geological Survey (USGS), Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD), and the Deschutes National Forest (DNF). A contract was signed with USGS as the principle investigator and the team has installed five near-real time gaging stations for flow and temperature at two locations.

SOURCES SPRINGS DIVERSION (PROWELL SPRINGS)

This is the location of the diversion structure that diverts spring flow into Bridge Creek, located high in the Bend Municipal Watershed at 6300 feet. There are four gaging points that each include flow and temperature.

USGS 14070615 M F TUMALO CREEK ABV PROWELL SPRINGS, NR BEND, OR
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv/?site_no=14070615

USGS 14070624 M F TUMALO CREEK BLW PROWELL SPRINGS, NR BEND, OR
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv/?site_no=14070624

USGS 14070620 PROWELL SPRINGS DIVERSION POOL, NEAR BEND, OR
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv?site_no=14070620

USGS 14070621 DIVERSION CANAL TO BRIDGE CREEK, NEAR BEND, OR
https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv/?site_no=14070621


BRIDGE CREEK INTAKE

In addition to the diverted flow monitoring that is part of the special use permit data, this voluntary gaging station is designed to measure the flow and temperature going past the City of Bend intake on Bridge Creek, located about a quarter mile from the confluence with Tumalo Creek.

USGS 14070900 BRIDGE CREEK BELOW INTAKE, NEAR BEND, OR
LINK: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/or/nwis/uv/?site_no=14070900