City of The Dalles, OR

Springing into Season Two of Dog River Pipeline Construction

New Pipe Installed 2022It’s that time again! The City’s contractors are gearing up for another busy season of Dog River Pipeline construction in Mount Hood National Forest. In the coming weeks, construction crews will be heading to the high-country to continue installing roughly 3.5 miles of new pipeline to replace the existing 110-year-old wooden pipeline.

In June, the City’s contractors also expect to start work on a new fish passage and screening near the Dog River intake and to replace a failed culvert where Forest Road 1700-014 crosses Brooks Meadow Creek.

Throughout the summer, there will be temporary trail and forest road impacts where crews and equipment are active. The City is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to coordinate work activities and trail user outreach.

There’s a lot to get done, but weather permitting, the City is on track to finish construction by the end of 2023. “This project has been 25 years in the making, and we’re looking forward to crossing the finish line this year,” says Dave Anderson, City of The Dalles Public Works Director.

Once complete, the new Dog River Pipeline will improve the reliability of the City’s water system and continue serving The Dalles with high-quality drinking water delivered by gravity from a mountain source.

Fun Fact: The original Dog River Pipeline was built in 1913 using milled planks of Douglas fir, secured with galvanized wire and sealed with tar.

Visit the project webpage at to learn more or email to receive occasional updates and follow construction progress.