Central Oregon DailyDeschutes County landfill search down to 2 sites — possibly 3

Deschutes County landfill search down to 2 sites — possibly 3

Deschutes County landfill search down to 2 sites — possibly 3

Deschutes County landfill search down to 2 sites

The search for a new Deschutes County landfill location to replace Knott Landfill is down to two sites, both of which are a few miles east of Bend on Highway 20. And there’s a third one that’s not quite officially on the list.

The Deschutes County Solid Waste Advisory Committee on Tuesday eliminated more proposed sites, leaving just one from the original list. But it added a new site for consideration.

One of the two locations is known as Roth East, located south of Highway 20 near Millican. Deschutes County says the owner is interested in selling the land. It’s within a low density sage grouse habitat area and there are eight residences within two miles.

The site is also about 4.5 miles from Pine Mountain Observatory. The county said the observatory is on the southwest side of Pine Mountain and is shielded from both sides by natural topography.

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The other location is known as the Moon Pit just off the southeast border of the Oregon Badlands. Among the reasons that site is being considered is access from Highway 20 yet it’s not visible from the highway; has onsite industrial wells; the owner is willing to lease the land for solid waste management operations; and there is just one residence within two miles.

The third site under consideration is between Bend and Redmond. It’s on Bureau of Land Management land, which means it would require legislative action at the federal level.

A final preferred site is expected to be identified by spring 2024.

Knott Landfill is forecasted to reach capacity by 2029, meaning the county needs to start development on a new dump in 2027.

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