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. 


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.



Flow and Temperature Data

  • Tumalo Creek Measurements Station 1 - OWRD (#14070920)
  • Tumalo Creek Measurements Station 2 - OWRD (#14070980)
  • Tumalo Creek Temperature  - Shevlin Park Rd
    • Station 3 Data Archive - coming soon

Fish Monitoring

Surface Water Production Data