The 2023 allocation has been increased to 2.25 acre feet per acre.
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As of September 8, Prineville Reservoir is at 12% capacity, the lowest elevation ever recorded since its construction. The amount of water flowing into the Crooked River from Prineville Reservoir typically hovers at or near fifty cubic feet per second (cfs). The Bureau of Reclamation is predicting the flows to drop to ten cfs.
Ochoco Reservoir start day will be May 6, 2022
Allocation is set at .45 acre feet with a rate of .70 cfs per 100 acres.
Prineville Reservoir start date will be April 25, 2022
Allocation is set at .50 acre feet with a rate of .70 cfs per 100 acres.
The start date and allocation for Ochoco Reservoir will be discussed at the next regular monthly board meeting at OID’s office on April 18, 2022, at 7:00 am.
The Ochoco Irrigation District is interested in receiving the title to relevant federally owned Crooked River Project facilities located downstream of the Crooked River diversion and fish screen. Crooked River Project facilities in the proposed title transfer are located near Prineville, Ore. and comprise eight pump stations, canals, drains, pipelines, and a borrow area at the base of Ochoco Dam.
Go to https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/title/ochoco/index.html for more information.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Sealed Proposals for construction of the Ochoco Irrigation District, Group 1 Pump Station Project (Project) will be received at Ochoco Irrigation District, 1001 NW Deer Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754, until, but not after, 2:00 p.m., local time February 1, 2022. Proposals will be publicly opened and read at 2:00 p.m. February 1, 2022 at Ochoco Irrigation District.
PROPOSAL: Ochoco Irrigation District, Group 1 Pump Station Project
The work contemplated consists of, but is not limited to the following major items as further defined in the Proposal Documents:
- Demolition and reconstruction of two irrigation pump stations.
- The existing Barnes Butte Pumping Plant consisting of five pumps, totaling 1,800 HP, and a total capacity of 135 CFS will be replaced. Replacement facilities will include eleven vertical turbine pumps, totaling 2,100 HP and a have a total capacity of 155 CFS.
- The existing Ochoco Relift Pumping Plant consisting of six pumps, totaling 1,550 HP, and a total capacity of 95 CFS will be replaced. Replacement facilities will include nine vertical turbine pumps, totaling 1,625 HP and a have a total capacity of 115 CFS. Two other existing pumps will remain, protected in place.
- The work also includes, but is not necessarily limited to, coordination with electrical utility, construction survey, demolition and disposal of existing equipment, shoring and dewatering, excavation and backfill, cast-in-place concrete, construction of metal frame canopy structure, procurement and installation of HDPE and steel pipe, valves, pumps and motors, electrical equipment, lighting, instrumentation and controls, wiring, testing, start-up and training of Owners personnel.
The contract time will be limited to a Substantial Completion time schedule commencing on February 15, 2022 and ending on March 31, 2023 (410 Calendar Days). All materials for the project will be supplied by the Contractor. Substantial completion of all work included in the contract agreement must be attained by March 31, 2023. Liquidated damages of $2,000.00 per day for the first 10 days and $10,000.00 per day thereafter shall be assessed should the contractor fail to achieve substantial completion within the time allowed. Restoration, demobilization from the site and all closeout and punch-list items are to be completed by April 30, 2023.
Contractors shall use recyclable products to the maximum extent economically feasible in the performance of the contract work.
Disadvantaged Business Enterprises are encouraged to propose on this project. The project and associated Proposal are subject to grant conditions provided in the Proposal Documents.
Contract documents (hard copy) may be procured from Black Rock Consulting, Inc. 300 SE Reed Market Road, #210, Bend, Oregon 97702, Phone 541-480-6257, firstname.lastname@example.org) upon payment of a $150.00 non-refundable fee for each set. Alternatively, free electronic copies are available upon request via a file sharing website.
Contract documents may be examined at Ochoco Irrigation District, 1001 NW Deer Street, Prineville, Oregon 97754, or at Black Rock Consulting, Inc. with 24 hours prior notice and scheduling.
A MANDATORY PRE-PROPOSAL MEETING for representatives and potential Proposers will be held Thursday, January 6, 2022, at 1:00 P.M. at the Ochoco Irrigation District office and will include a visit to the project site.
This project is subject to Oregon prevailing wage laws and the Federal Davis-Bacon Act (ORS 279C.800 to 279C.870), whichever is higher.
The Owner is using the Best Value Procurement method for selecting a Contractor for this Project, based upon a combination of scoring for a Qualifications Element and a Proposal Cost Element. Details for Proposing are contained in the Instructions to Proposers of the Proposal Documents. Each Proposal must be submitted as prescribed and accompanied by a certified check or Proposal bond executed on the form bound within the Contract Documents or one substantially similar, payable to the Ochoco Irrigation District, in an amount not less than ten percent (10%) of the amount Proposal. The successful Proposer will be required to furnish a performance bond and payment bond, each in the full amount of the contract price.
For information regarding the proposed work, contact Kevin Crew, P.E. at Black Rock Consulting, Inc., phone 541-480-6257, e-mail: email@example.com
The Owner reserves the right to waive any informality or to reject any or all Proposals not conforming to the intent and purpose of the contract documents or when in the public interest. Any Proposer may withdraw its Proposal prior to the time of Proposal opening and no Proposer may withdraw its Proposal after the time of Proposal opening.
Bruce Scanlon, Manager
Ochoco Irrigation District
OID completed a canal lining project in March 2021 to repair a damaged canal bottom. District staff partnered with North Unit Irrigation District to apply over 300 feet of lining to a leaky portion of the Ochoco Main Canal. This repair successfully stopped an estimated 1 -2 cfs of seepage; conserving approximately 260 acre feet (88 million gallons) of water in 2021.
Happy New Year to all of our OID patrons! Welcome to 2022. As the New Year begins, your OID Board of Directors and Staff would like to invite you to attend our annual board meeting on Monday, January 17th at 12:00 pm. The meeting will include updates on finances, operations, maintenance, planning and direction for the upcoming year. In addition, we will discuss the current snowpack information and reservoir outlook for 2022.
Some of the highlights that we will be discussing in greater detail during the annual meeting include:
Infrastructure Modernization Project. The District has completed final designs for construction of new pump plants to replace the Main and Relift stations. We are currently out for bid on this project and hope to have a contractor identified in mid-February. Our intention is to begin construction following this water season and be complete before the 2023 irrigation season begins.
Title Transfer: The District has initiated the process to request title to all relevant federally owned Crooked River Project facilities located downstream of the main diversion on the Crooked River. OID paid off its original construction contract on this project and is now eligible to take ownership of these facilities; including, eight pump stations, canals, drains pipelines and property at the base of Ochoco Dam. For nearly 60 years OID has been responsible for operating and maintaining all these facilities and is now ready to assume ownership of what we have cared for all these years.
Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP): About this time last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued an incidental take permit to Ochoco Irrigation District. Year one implementation of the Deschutes Basin Habitat Conservation Plan is now complete. Historic drought contributed to some challenges in certain operations but in general we were able to meet our obligations.
Drought and Water Year Forecasts: Crook County continues to deal with impacts of an exceptional and prolonged drought. The US Drought Monitor shows all of Crook County as D4 (Exceptional Drought) in its December 30, 2021 map. (D4 is the highest level of drought on the scale) OID is actively monitoring precipitation and snow accumulation throughout the winter to help determine the anticipated reservoir storage for water year 2022. The early indications are encouraging; however we have a long way to go before we are able to make any projections. Planning for irrigation in 2022 should take into account the likelihood that water resources could be very short again this year.
Communication and Outreach: A common frustration shared by patrons concerns the lack of communication that OID provides to its water users. We have traditionally relied upon “snail” mail for a majority of District communication with this newsletter being one of the only communications patrons get besides their water bills. We are actively in the process of addressing that concern with some new ways for patrons to stay up to date:
- Text Notifications – You can sign up to get messages on your phone to notify you of special circumstances that are occurring in the District which might impact your operations. Examples include messages when pumps shut down or a canal is breached. Sign up by going to the website.
- New Website – We have developed a new website that we encourage you to visit. It is much improved with updated information and layout. ochocoid.org
- E-newsletters – Future newsletters will be available digitally. In addition to saving money it will allow us to provide more frequent communications.
- New Water Management Software – OID is implementing a new software system that will enhance our ability to manage water accounting as well as create a new patron portal on the website that will allow water users to monitor their orders and usage in real time. The first year will include only ride one (Properties located east of Barnes Butte) as an initial rollout. The remainder of the District will come onboard in 2023. Note that this is an optional tool. You are still welcome to call in orders or stop by the office for a visit.
- Newspaper Article – OID will be providing information to the Central Oregonian newspaper on a monthly basis to provide general information and updates with information important to farmers, ranchers and irrigators.
In conclusion, I’d like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to all our patrons who came together as a District to conserve water through one of the worst droughts on record. We are hopeful that the worst is behind us and that recent weather patterns persist to provide us with a more normal water supply in 2022. I will however be quick to remind folks that last year we had an average snowpack that turned out to be a dismal runoff. Should that happen for a third straight year we could be in for an even dryer year with a shorter season and lower water allocations.
I hope that you all will take advantage of the expanded opportunities provided for patrons to stay connected with OID this year and into the future. We have an exciting and eventful year ahead of us and I look forward to working with you all in the months ahead.
OCHOCO IRRIGATION DISTRICT
Ochoco Irrigation District
1001 NW Deer Street
Prineville, OR 97754
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