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Project Data
Land Areas (1992)
Area Irrigated and Crop Value



Project # 126

Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service34,969 acres
Supplemental Service0 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms410
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands24 acres
Total Irrigable Lands34,993 acres


Population Served:
Farm Population Served1,197
Non-Farm Population Served72
Total Population Served1,269

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Area Irrigated and Crop Value
YearActual Area Irrigated (Acres)Crop Value (Dollars)

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Project Water Supply
Project Water Quality



Project Water Supply

Current Conditions

Reservoir Storage

Major Storage Reservoirs in Southeastern Oregon

Weather Conditions (NOAA)

Curry Coast, Oregon
Lower Treasure Valley, Oregon



Malheur River near Vale, Oregon (USGS)

Streamflow Forecast Map

Spring and Summer (NRCS)

Snowpack Information

Columbia River Snowpack Summary
Mountain Snowpack Maps for Columbia River Basin

Drought Index

Palmer Drought Index Map
Explanation of Palmer Drought Severity Index (Text)


Historic Conditions

Annual Precipitation
Normal9.68 in
Maximum - 198316.59 in
Minimum - 19665.78 in
Ontario, Oregon 1961-1990 


Mean Annual51.4 ?F
Daily Maximum - 08/04/1961113 ?F
Daily Minimum - 01/27/1957-25 ?F
Ontario, Oregon 1948-1996 
Growing Season167 days
Elevation of irrigable area2,500 ft


North Fork Malheur River
Drainage area above Beulah Reservoir440 mi2
Annual discharge: 
Maximum - 1983242,534 acre-ft
Minimum - 193426,520 acre-ft
Average - 1926-199698,102 acre-ft


North Fork Malheur River at Beulah, Oregon (USGS)

Middle Fork Malheur River
Drainage area above Warm Springs Reservoir1,100 mi2
Annual discharge: 
Maximum - 1983413,912 acre-ft
Minimum - 193033,663 acre-ft
Average - 1909-1996135,730 acre-ft

Malheur River below Warm Springs near Riverside, Oregon (USGS)

Bully Creek
Drainage area above Bully Creek Reservoir547 mi2
Annual discharge: 
Maximum - 194168,259 acre-ft
Minimum - 19393,988 acre-ft
Average - 1933-196230,168 acre-ft


Bully Creek near Vale, Oregon (USGS)


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Project Water Quality

Bully Creek

Lower Malheur River

Upper Malheur River

Willow Creek


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Facilities in Operation
Storage Facilities
Diversion Facilities
Carriage Facilities



Facilities in Operation
Storage Dams3
Diversion Dams2
Canals86 mi
Laterals279 mi
Drains122 mi

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Storage Facilities

Agency Valley Dam

Bully Creek Dam

Warm Springs Dam


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Diversion Facilities

Harper Diversion Dam

Type:Concrete gate structure with embankment wing
LocationOn the Malheur River, 20 miles southwest of Vale, Oregon
Year Completed1929
Structural height21 ft
Hydraulic height12 ft
Crest length914 ft
Crest elevation2647.0 ft
Volume9,300 yd3
Spillway:Seven 20-by-10-ft hinged steel gates
Headworks:10.5-by-13-ft radial gate discharging into intake portal of tunnel to the Vale Main Canal.
Diversion capacity662 cfs

Bully Creek Diversion Dam

Type:Rockfill with timber cutoff
LocationOn Bully Creek 1 mile downstream from Bully Creek Dam.
Year Completed1964
Structural height12 ft
Hydraulic height4 ft
Crest length213 ft
Crest elevation2,407.5 ft
Volume3,760 yd3
Spillway:10- by 6-ft radial gate in reinforced concrete sluiceway.
Headworks:Two 5- by 3-ft steel slide gates discharging into Lateral 197-20.
Diversion capacityPresent lateral limits diversion capacity to 26.7 cfs. Lateral section designed for, and can be enlarged to, a future capacity of 99 cfs.

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Carriage Facilities
Vale Main Canal
LocationFrom Harper Diversion Dam northeast to Vale, then northwest to Jamieson.
Construction period1927-1935
Length74 mi
Diversion capacity662 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width22 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth7.6 ft
Typical section, concrete lined: 
Bottom width10 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth7.3 ft
Lining thickness3 in


Tunnel No. 1 - Vale Main Canal
LocationAt Harper Diversion Dam
Construction period1928-1929
Length2,150 ft
Diversion capacity662 cfs
Cross section:Horseshoe
Diameter10.5 ft
Water depth8.6 ft
Concrete lining6-10 in


Little Valley Canal
LocationAbout 5 miles east of Harper, Oregon.
Construction period1929-1930
Length8 mi
Diversion capacity33.4 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width4 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth2.3 ft


Bully Creek Feeder Canal
LocationFrom intake structure on Vale Main Canal about 8 miles west of Vale northwest to Bully Creek Reservoir.
Construction period1962-1963
Length2.5 mi
Diversion capacity300 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width16 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth5.5 ft

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Last updated: Jul 26, 2012