Case Study: Central Oregon Siphon Power Project Mitigating Local Concerns

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by Gregory Reichert, Tudor Engineering Co, Oakland, United States,
Ron Nelson, Tudor Engineering Co, Oakland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources

Abstract: In the early 1980's, 18 hydroelectric projects were proposed for development on the Deschutes River system in Central Oregon. Strong local opposition was a major factor in stopping all but one, the Central Oregon irrigation District's Siphon Power Project. This project is located on a scenic portion of the Deschutes River just outside the city limits of Bend, Oregon. Directly across the river is the resort condominium development of Mt. Bachelor Village. The Siphon Power Project was succesfully completed because the managers of the Central Oregon Irrigation District became directly involved in understanding the potential negative impacts of the project and in implementing innovative mitigation measures. This paper discusses those efforts.

Subject Headings: Project management | Case studies | Siphons | Hydro power | Power plants | Irrigation districts | River systems | Rivers and streams | Water-based recreation | Oregon

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