The tentative allotment for this irrigation season is 1.3 A.F. this is to be reviewed April 1st at 11:00 A.M by the Joint Committee of the Owyhee Project and the Board of Directors of the Owyhee Irrigation District. The Owyhee Irrigation District Board of Directors have set the incurred O&M charges for the 2014 season at $55.80 per irrigable acre. There will be no increase from last year. Those owners who have 5 acres or less will be assessed a charge of $75.00 for account fees plus the $55.80 per irrigable acre.
In order NOT to incur interest charges, the water bill must be paid on or before April 15. Payments received in the mail with an April 15th postage date WILL BE CONSIDERED DELINQUENT IF RECEIVED AFTER APRIL 15TH.
Just a reminder that if you own and/or lease 240 irrigable acres or more in the 17 Western states, you are required to complete a Federal RRA form. Water CANNOT be delivered until these forms are completed.
If you are a new owner or a renter leasing 240 acres and you need more information please call the District Office.
If you have been in the District Chemical Lock and Close Program in the past, the District will be sending new instructions and information that water users will need in order to make an informed decision on the best way to manage your operation. You must contact the District Office in writing if you do not want these chemicals to enter your head gate or if you would like more information.
2014 Gopher Bounty Program
There will be a Gopher Bounty Program this year. The District will pay $1.00 per tail. Gophers must be caught within the jurisdiction of the Owyhee Irrigation District. LANDOWNERS are the ONLY authorized participants. Designated days for turning in gopher tails are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday between the times of 8:00 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. Rotting tails will NOT be accepted. The tails will be counted and veri.ed and a check will be issued to you the following month.
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The Board of Directors for the Owyhee Irrigation District usually meet the third Tuesday, following the first Monday, of each month, although, that can change depending on Management, The Joint Committee, and The Board of Directors. Check here and our Facebook page for date and time information.
This meeting is open to the public and we encourage water users to attend. If you would like to speak at the meeting please contact the office:
(541) 372-3540 so we can put you on the agenda.
Please contact the main office if you have questions regarding the monthly meeting.
Current Reservoir storage is 140,702 A.F. That is 176,842 A.F. less than one year ago. This is the third consecutive dry year. Water year 2013 was rough with a 25% reduction in our water allotment per acre. By September 19, 2013 reservoir storage was depleted and irrigation season came to an end on September 27.
Reservoir inflows through the winter months were well below normal, as well as, the snow pack. A very wet snow in mid February, along with rain behind it, jumped inflows in the reservoir to 3,000 CFS and over a short period of time increased storage another 35,000 A.F. However, that was our peak inflow so far this spring and could be for the season.
This irrigation season is comparable to two other years: 1992 and 2003. In the year 1992 maximum reservoir storage reached 172,240 A.F. on April 5th, the allotment was set at 1.5 A.F. and irrigation water lasted until late July. Since then many changes have occurred. Conservation measures, such as, pivots and sprinkler irrigation systems throughout the project, along with drip irrigation, have changed how water is used and could affect the length of the irrigation season.
Every effort will be made to stretch the irrigation season. Dunaway pumps will be started at the beginning of the season to conserve reservoir water for the upper acres. The Board of Directors are encouraging growers to hold o‑ as long as possible on the upper acres to start irrigating. This will help lengthen the season. Also, put the water to use, once released down the canal system, in the most efficient way possible. It takes between 7,000 and 10,000 A.F. just to change the system. By having growers ready to start irrigation, this water can be better utilized from the beginning. Working together will be very important to help get us all through a very difficult water season.
Reservoir water levels and Hydromet data can be found here: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/owytea.html
Real time snowpack telemetry sites can be viewed in Google Maps and on Google Earth - SNOTEL: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snow/