2013 Shut Off Date
The Board of Directors of the Owyhee Irrigation District have decided to wait until the reservoir reaches a certain elevation before shutting off water this year. They set the elevation at 2,591.75. (Update) Good morning! The Joint Committee and the Board of the Owyhee Irrigation District have decided to shut the water off the morning of next Thursday September 26, 2013. For those of you on pump ditches you will be shut off next Friday September 27, 2013. Give us a call if you have any questions! (541) 372-3540
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 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 t 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.
Update on the Kingman Liner
Installation of 8, 500 feet of buried PVC pipe will replace old concrete pipelines that no longer function properly, as well as, open lateral conversion. The Kingman Liner is an ongoing project, with 1,000 feet of the liner rehabilitated in the fall of 2012. We are half way through the completion of this project, although, it may be put on hold to fix other liners that have been evaluated and may take priority. As normal, we continue to repair and upgrade structures, as well as, ditching and cleaning canals to reshape and remove sedimentation
2013 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. The tails will be counted and verified and a check will be issued the following month.
The Board of Directors for the Owyhee Irrigation District usually meet the third Tuesday of each month, although, that can change depending on Management, The Joint Committee, and The Board of Directors. Check here for date and time information.
This meeting is open to the public and we encourage water users to attend.
Please contact the main office if you have questions regarding the monthly meeting.
Chairman - Jerry Nagaki
Vice Chairman - Dan Tschida
Secretary - Eric White
A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Owyhee Irrigation District will be held at the law office of Stunz, Fonda, Kiyuna, & Horton, LLP in Nyssa, Oregon on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
The Owyhee Irrigation District Board of Directors have set the incurred O&M charges for the 2013 season at $55.80 per irrigable acre. This is a $2.50 increased charge from 2012. 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. The increase is due to the overall rising cost of expenses.
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.
Current reservoir storage is 283,335 A.F. That is 235,887 A.F. less than 2012. With reservoir storage well below last year, it is hopeful that we have a good strong snowpack season. Spring rains help flush out snow melt and get it into reservoir storage. If not the outcome will be much different. Total precipitation is near normal with current snow pack at 84% of normal. The challenge, as always, is to get it out of the watershed and into storage for irrigation release this summer. At this point the outcome looks fairly good.
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/
Water Conservation Report
Lower Owyhee River Rehabilitation Projects are in cooperative effort with Oregon Water Enhancement Board (OWEB), Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) WaterSmart Grant Program, Malheur County Soil and Water Conservation District (MCSWCD), Owyhee Water Shed Counsel (OWSC), Owyhee Irrigation District (OID), and technical assistance from National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS).
The Lower Owyhee River Rehabilitation Project is designed to conserve water, conserve energy, and reduce non-point source pollutants in the Owyhee and Snake Rives; improving water quality in 303 (d) listed waterways.
Phase 1, which was installation of 2.9 miles of pressurized pipeline, was completed in April of 2012. This converted 970 acres from furrow to sprinkler irrigation. We have now started Section 1 of Phase 2, which is the installation of 11,700 feet of pressurized pipeline that will service 460 acres. Section 1 will be completed by spring 2013. Section 2 of this 4.5-mile pipeline will provide pressurized delivery to 670 acres of irrigated land. Section 2 is scheduled to be completed in 2014.