- Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2015

BEND, Ore. (AP) - Homeowners and the Central Oregon Irrigation District are disagreeing over rights to a portion of Pilot Butte Canal.

Federal and state officials are working to determine whether the irrigation district, which has a maintenance easement in the area, has the same rights over the land as property owners, the Bend Bulletin reported (https://bit.ly/1Pqpqyu).

The disagreement began amid discussions to list the site as historic. The National Park Service has asked the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office to resubmit its application to get a section of Pilot Butte Canal listed as a historic site, which is not uncommon.

Homeowners and supporters making up the Pilot Butte Canal Preservation Alliance initiated the push partially to keep the Central Oregon Irrigation District from piping the canal.

“This reach is one of the oldest of the entire canal and it also has significant integrity in the type of construction,” said alliance member Jeff Perreault.

The irrigation district opposes the listing, and could formally object to the nomination if it is determined to be a recognized owner.

Interim state associate deputy historic preservation officer Ian Johnson says the state sends 30 nominations to the park service annually. He said it’s not unusual for some proposals to get sent back, especially for complex requests.

State preservation officials say the park service wants a more compelling case to get the area listed. Requested changes are being filed.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com


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