Smith Rock State Park

The Crooked River at Smith Rock State Park, where a canal piping project by the Central Oregon Irrigation District near Redmond has boosted levels of the river by up to 16%.

A canal piping project operated by the Central Oregon Irrigation District near Redmond has boosted levels of the Crooked River by up to 16%, an increase that will benefit fish and other wildlife in the Deschutes Basin.

Water has been saved through the piping of a 2,210-foot-long open lateral canal near Redmond, according to a release from the Deschutes River Conservancy, a nonprofit group. Pipes are more efficient than canals as they don’t seep

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Michael Kohn has been public lands and environment reporter with The Bulletin since 2019. He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests near Bend with his family and exploring the state of Oregon.

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