Water Infrastructure

Tumalo Water Conservation Project

DEA provided design and survey services to Tumalo Irrigation District (TID) for construction of a pipeline in open stretches of the Bend Feed Canal that will help channel conserved water to Tumalo Creek in Bend, Oregon, and on to the Middle Deschutes River. TID provides irrigation to more than 8,000 acres of farmland in Central Oregon.

When completed, the pipeline will stretch 14,000 linear feet and will help conserve approximately 20 cfs (cubic feet per second) of water that is currently lost. The captured water will be used to rewet approximately 11 miles of Tumalo Creek, a significant fish-rearing habitat that has historically dried up seasonally.

Due to funding issues, the original project was modified. TID continues to pipe portions of the delivery system as funds become available, with technical and design support provided by DEA.

Project Awards

  • 2001-02 Conservation Award, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Regional Director
  • 2001 Honor Award, ACEC Oregon
  • 2001-02 Conservation Award, Deschutes Basin Resources Conservancy

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