City Club hosted a great discussion about regional water that was balanced, interesting and most of all informative. As a follow up to the City Club Water Forum, you are invited to explore these important water related documents. It should be noted that all reports and documents are a snapshot in time and newer information is being created every year, building on these key reports and studies.
Water in Central Oregon
City Club Water Forum Introduction
The Deschutes River Basin - Seeing Things Whole A graphic model of the various flows throughout the "reaches" of the Deschutes River Basin.
Blue Whale - All Three A big picture look at 30 year average flows
Magnitudes of Water Use A Deschutes Basin annual diversion comparison chart.
Central Oregon Irrigation District Diversion Chart (1966-2011)
A fascinating chart assembled by Kyle Gorman of OWRD, that shows clearly how far the districts have come in efficiency and management!
The Deschutes Water Alliance Reports - 2006 More information on who sponsored these studies and who was involved is in the documents
Irrigation District Water Conservation Cost Analysis and Prioritization
An evaluation and prioritization of opportunities to save water through piping and lining of canals, laterals and ditches, as well as through on-farm conservation technologies.
Growth, Urbanization and Land Use Change: Impacts on Agriculture and Irrigation Districts in Central Oregon An inventory of amounts, patterns and rates of district water rights becoming surplus due to urbanization or other changes in land use patterns in Central Oregon and corresponding impact on district assessments.
(Title in Water 2025 Grant was Impacts of Urbanization on Irrigable Lands)
Prepare rapid assessment of potential gains from optimization of existing reservoirs and their potential impact on improving flow and quality, and prepare terms of reference for more formal and rigorous assessment.
(Title in Water 2025 Grant was Reservoir Optimization Study and Water Quality)
Future Groundwater Demand in the Deschutes Basin
Assessment of the water supply needs, quantity and timeline of the Basin’s regional urban suppliers.
(Title in Water 2025 Grant was Municipal Water Demand)
Instream Flow in the Deschutes Basin: Monitoring, Status and Restoration Needs
In-stream Flow Needs for Fish, Wildlife and recreation along with Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluation Systems-assessment of the suitability and completeness of existing flow measurement sites and existing Water Quality and Monitoring Plan for the Upper Deschutes Basin and prepare funding and implementation action plan.
(Title in Water 2025 Grant was Measurement, Monitoring and Evaluations Systems)
Two Key USGS Groundwater Studies
Report 00-4162 Ground-Water Hydrology of the Upper Deschutes Basin, Oregon U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY, Water-Resources Investigations
Note - This report was the scientific underpinning for the Deschutes Groundwater mitigation program for the Deschutes Basin
U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2013–5092 Analysis of 1997–2008 Groundwater Level Changes in the Upper Deschutes Basin, Central Oregon, U.S. Department of the Interior
The Deschutes Water Planning Initiative (DWPI)
Water Supply Goals and Objectives Report - 2013
The Deschutes Water Alliance (DWA) Memorandum of Understanding
A governance agreement signed by all the basin players, agreeing to work together to manage the future of water in the Deschutes Basin!