Many of the irrigation districts operating in the Deschutes Basin have worked for years to replace leaky, open-air canals with pipelines and make other improvements aimed at conserving water.

With federal money continuing to pour in, an event on Tuesday morning, featuring speeches from Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Matt Lohr, chief of the National Resources Conservation Service, highlighted a couple of those improvements that are coming to fruition.

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