Completed Projects

Christopher Pipeline Project:

 

The Headworks - Fish Passage and Diversion Project:  Crestline Construction was awarded the contract and a new headworks and fish passage structure was constructed to replace the  antiquated structure.  Tasks included: Purchase and installation of an Obermeyer weir; construction of a river diversion/bypass; construction of a headgate structure; and construction of a vertical slot fish ladder.  The total cost for the project was approximately $1.5 million primarily funded by generous grants from The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. 

 

Central Canal Pipeline Project
Central Canal Pipeline Project

For the past 100 years, the East Fork Irrigation District (EFID) has used Neal Creek to convey 42 cubic feet per second (cfs) of irrigation water from the East Fork Hood River to the Central Lateral canal in order to serve orchards and farms in the lower east side of the valley.  Glacial silt from the East Fork Hood River has been introduced into Neal Creek by the irrigation system, which impairs water quality.  EFID has also operated an irrigation diversion dam on Neal Creek at river mile five with an outdated fish screen that failed to protect fish.
 
Completed in the fall of 2008, the Central Canal Pipeline Project was a three-phase, six year,  multi-million dollar project to pipe the irrigation canal and resolve these problems.  It has been one of the Hood River Watershed Group’s top restoration projects for many years.  The entire project consisted of the installation of 4.55 miles of large diameter pipe.  This project 

a) returns the lower 7.5 miles of Neal Creek to compliance with state water     quality standards,

b) opens an additional 4.8 miles of habitat on Neal Creek for two ESA-listed fish species,

c) permanently conserves an estimated 3.44 cfs of East Fork Hood River water via the Oregon Water Resources Department Conserved Water Program, and

d) protects Neal Creek from potential orchard chemicals