Piping Project (Lateral 58-9)

Project Description

Trout Creek provides critical spawning habitat for Summer Steelhead and resident Redband Trout. Project is focusing on conserving water from four miles of open ditch irrigation water that travels through excess porous and erosive soil, thereby causing water loss to seepage in a watershed that has overallocated and conflicting water rights for agriculture and recreational values. Water quality concerns at the end of this irrigation ditch system have also been identified in Trout Creek.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: No
County: Jefferson County, OR
Project Size:
  • 1400.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Piping project (Not publicly accessible)

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit

Primary Goals:

  • Improve instream habitat reaches in Trout Creek degraded by past management actions and practices.
    Progress: In progress.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands

Targeted Species:

  • Redband Trout - Oregon Great Basin Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 18
  • Steelhead - Middle Columbia River Oncorhynchus mykiss pop. 17

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Improve in-stream fish habitat In Progress 2008 2008
Create/improve spawning/nesting habitat In Progress 2008 2008
Reduce water use/conserve water In Progress 2008 2008
Reduce soil loss and compaction In Progress 2008 2008
Other - Enhance stewardship (timber, ranch, farm, urban): Conserve energy In Progress 2008 2008


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District, in a partnership with the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Water Resources and private landowners have been monitoring the water quality and quantity in this project area for the last 3 years and plan to continue monitoring.

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
Erosion and water loss from existing open delivery ditch system is extreme in this soil type and the water and energy savings is significant to the growing central Oregon community.

Any Additional Information About The Project
All of the planning, NEPA and Historical Preservation Cultural Survey work on this project site is complete.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization


Managing Organization

Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District
(Special District)

Contact Information

Jan Roofener (Conservation Planner)
Jefferson Country Soil & Water Conservation District

General Information

Project #: 1804
Last Updated: March 23, 2009

Project Relations


Central Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District
Middle Deschutes Watershed Council
Natural Resource Conservation Service
North Unit Irrigation District
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Portland General Electric
Private landowners
Trout Unlimited


Oregon Association of Conservaton Districts

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