Farmers in Prineville are facing yet another year of drought … but this summer the Ochoco Irrigation District is offering them a new water leasing program aimed at helping to manage their water needs. It will allow irrigators on ten or more acres to temporarily lease water from other farmers in the district. The farmers providing the leased water will get a special dry year rate for that water that’s higher than the district charges in it’s annual instream leasing program as an incentive to get as many farmers to participate as possible. The district depends on water stored in the Prineville and Ochoco Reservoirs, which are both well below average water levels for this time of year. OID is offering the program in collaboration with the Deschutes River Conservancy.