Ashland Canal (TID) Piping Project 2018

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Project Overview: (See Map Below)                                                                                 
The City of Ashland places priority on improving water quality and conserving water. As part of the City’s Comprehensive Water Master Plan, the City will pipe the front section of the Ashland Canal (approximately 10,000 lineal feet). The preliminary engineering phase (survey and field work) will begin February 2018 and is expected to take eleven months. Construction is not anticipated until late fall 2019 or early winter 2020, when irrigation water is not needed. 

The goal of the piping project is to replace the open-channel irrigation canal with below-ground pipe(s) to improve the water quality in Ashland Creek and to assist the City’s goal for overall water conservation. Raw water in an open canal is vulnerable to contamination from a variety of sources. These contaminants reduce the water quality of Ashland Creek. Additionally, open canals are susceptible to water losses through seepage and evaporation. Ashland Creek routinely exceeds the State’s maximums for E. coli bacteria in the summer months.

Important aspects of the project to keep in mind:

1) Irrigation customers will continue to receive irrigation water during the watering season. Construction will take place during the off season, late fall 2019 or early winter 2020.

2) Trail access will not be interrupted until construction begins.  At that time, trail access will be limited in certain areas.  We will update the public on where those closures will be as we move forward with construction planning.

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Schedule of Events
  • October 9, 2018 - Ashland Canal Advisory Group (ACAG) Meeting
                               (51 Winburn Way, Siskiyou Room from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)

  • April 18, 2018 - Ashland Community Meeting
                              (Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union, Arena Room from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m)

  • April 2, 2018 - Ashland Canal Advisory Group Meeting (ACAG) 
                            (51 Winburn Way, Siskiyou Room from 5:30 -7:00 p.m.) 

  •   March 6, 2018 - Canal Neighborhood Meeting
                               (Southern Oregon University, Stevenson Union, Room 319 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.)

Project Status:
May 18, 2018
Adkins Consulting Engineers have completed the surveying process along the two mile stretch of the Ashland Canal. They will now use the data collected to draft preliminary engineering plans. We expect to have approx. 30% plans completed by the beginning of July. 

We have also contracted with Siskiyou Bio Survey to complete an in depth analysis of the vegetation and trees along the canal. This evaluation will allow us to better understand how piping the canal may impact the local ecosystem. The report will also provide us with recommendations on best management practices to minimize these impacts. 

Canal Liner Problems

February 22, 2018  

The survey crew from Adkins Consulting Engineers is hard at work surveying the project area.  Adjacent neighbors can expect to see workers along the canal for the next several weeks.  This will not interrupt irrigation services during the 2018 watering season.

Community input and transparency are important for the City of Ashland.  We invite you to share your concerns, ask questions of the Project Team and gain a better understanding of the project in general at our Community Open House. The Ashland Canal Open House is scheduled April 18, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the SOU Stevenson Union Arena Room (upstairs). To learn more about the Ashland Canal Piping Project email us call 541-488-5347 or email us at  

January 16, 2018
City Council approved a contract with Adkins Consulting Engineering, LLP to perform preliminary engineering work associated with piping a portion of the Ashland Talent Irrigation District (TID) canal. Additional project phases, if approved by City Council may follow this tentative schedule:
  • Phase 1A: Preliminary engineering phase (survey and field work). This phase is currently underway.
  • Phase 1B: Obtaining permits, easements and construction work agreements December 2018 – June 2019.
  • Phase 2: Final engineering, June 2019 – December 2019.
  • Phase 3: Construction of piping project, 2020 - Irrigation services will not be interrupted. Construction will take place in the late fall 2019 or winter 2020 when the canal water is not needed for irrigation.

Map of Project Area
Ashland (TID) Canal Piping Project

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