The U.S. Forest Service announced today that it plans to issue a permit for the city of Bend to build a new $24 million water intake facility and pipeline in the Cascades foothills. The project will replace existing infrastructure that carries water from Bridge Creek to the city.
The Forest Service had issued the city a permit for the project last year, but the city dropped that version of the project after opponents sued in federal court to stop it. In its latest application to the Forest Service, the city said it would take the same amount of water from Bridge Creek in the future as it currently takes. The previous plan would have allowed the city to divert more water.
The Forest Service draft decision to issue the permit is the culmination of an environmental review of the city’s plans.