Ochoco Irrigation District is pleased to offer a Dry-Year Water Leasing Pilot Program to help patrons manage water during the 2021 irrigation season. Through this program, patrons will have the option to:

  • lease their water to the Program, foregoing irrigation in exchange for payment (Option 1) or
  • purchase additional water from the program to bolster their allocation (Option 2).

The Program will support both increased irrigation water and river flows and is being offered in collaboration with the Deschutes River Conservancy.

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Participation is 100% voluntary and is limited to patrons with 10 or more acres of water rights. Non-participating patrons will not be impacted by the Program. OID will approve participation on a parcel-by-parcel basis to ensure that district operations are not harmed by Program activity.

Under Option 1, patrons interested in leasing water TO the program have two options:

  • A Fixed-Price Offer of $50/acre or
  • An Optional Bid Process where patrons can offer to lease water at higher payment rates. Bid offers will be accepted to the Program beginning with the lowest bids, and accepting higher bids successively until funds are exhausted or the maximum price is reached.

Under Option 2, patrons can pay to lease water FROM the program. The price will be determined by the cost of Option 1 leases, and will be announced in mid-February.

All acceptances are subject to OID operational review.

For more information on how to participate in the program:

You can also sign up to receive more information about the Program using this form

Option 1 Application Forms for patrons interested in leasing water TO the Program are here: OID_DryYearLeasing_Form1

Option 2 Application Forms for patrons interested in leasing water FROM the Program will be finalized by February 15, 2021.

The Option 1 form submission deadline to lease water TO the Program is April 1, 2021.

The Option 2 form submission deadline to lease water FROM the Program is to be determined.