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Demand on our Water Resource

Climate change and population growth is putting a high demand on the water resources in Central Oregon. Now more than ever, we need to be efficient with our water to ensure we have enough to meet our agricultural, recreational, and wildlife needs. 


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Learn more about Oregon Watershed Plans here

All seven irrigation districts in Central Oregon are working with the Deschutes SWCD,  Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Deschutes Basin Board of Control, Farmers Conservation Alliance (FCA), Deschutes River Conservancy, and other stakeholders to develop Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessments and implementation strategies that will improve the irrigation districts water conveyance systems,  on farm delivery and management, and improve flows in the Deschutes and Crooked River.

How Can Deschutes SWCD Help?

In addition to providing technical and financial assistance to landowners for irrigation improvements, the Deschutes SWCD also offers educational forums and workshops to further educate irrigators on the latest energy saving technologies and management strategies to improve their irrigation system. 


IVM Scheduler Link to Manual
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Irrigation Scheduler mobile - Irrigation Scheduling made easy!

Smart water management begins with two questions, when do I turn the water on and for how long? The answer lies with the irrigation Scheduler Mobile App. This mobile app can help irrigators manage irrigation water which in turn improve yields.