The Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) was established more than 100 years ago and has served residents water needs well. To conserve nearly 12 billion gallons of water lost annually to seepage and evaporation, the District initiated this modernization project to pipe more than 20 miles of currently open irrigation canal between Redmond and Bend, Oregon.
Parametrix led a team of planners, engineers, and scientists to author a NEPA EIS document that meets applicable regulatory requirements. The project involved a robust public involvement program and coordination with project partners. The project includes analysis of impacts to the natural and built environments, including land use, biological resources, historic resources, hydrology, and existing utilities and roadways. Part of the process included working with COID to identify potential alignments, construction methods, and footprints. The project also involved coordination with the cities of Bend and Redmond and with Deschutes County for potential approval and permitting needs.