Save Arnold Canal

Save Arnold Canal is a diverse group of Deschutes County residents who share serious concerns about Arnold Irrigation District’s proposed main canal piping project.

Arnold Irrigation District is focused on receiving $42,759,000 in federal and state grant money that has been made available for piping but there are better and less expensive ways for the District to meet its obligations set forth in the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan.

Save Arnold Canal is hopeful that the National Resources Conservation Service will decide that an Environmental Impact Statement is necessary to take the required hard look at the available solutions that may be brought to bear on this matter. There are better, multi-faceted ways to approach our water resource challenges, and we are making our opposition to Arnold Irrigation District’s proposed pipeline a first step toward a more collaborative path forward.

SAC Facts—Don’t Believe the Hype on Pipe

June 2023 The recent flurry of canal modernization attention–water conservation seminars, The Bulletin editorials (and poll) and County Commissioner Patti Adair’s support for our position—probably will not move the needle much in terms of Arnold Irrigation District’s plans to move forward with piping. Forcing AID to take a different tack toward modernizing the main canal…

The Problem(s) with Pipe

On or around April 8, 2023 there was the break in the newly installed Tumalo Irrigation District pipe. A field welded seam broke in the Taylor NW arm of the pipe that runs under the old Tumalo Reservoir Rd. just east of the intersection with Pinehurst Rd. The previous years piping dead ended there and…

Winter Update

March 24, 2023 Construction Arnold Irrigation District has begun preparation for fall construction of 3 miles of piping on Phase 1. A “Work Zone” has been staked out and trees within it are marked for removal. Phase 1 of the project is the least densely populated with 28 properties, and yet almost 400 large Ponderosa…

Group of Arnold Irrigation Residents and Patrons Seek Relief, Ask Judge for a Review of Federal Agency Action

BEND, OR – A group of concerned property owners and patrons of the Arnold Irrigation District (AID) have formally sued the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and AID in federal court for authorizing a new modernization project along a historic 12-mile canal in Deschutes County, alleging violations of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Watershed…


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