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Our office is located at 17 South First Street in Nyssa, Oregon. 

17 South 1st Street


Office hours:

Monday -Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM 

Closed at noon for lunch 

Please call (541) 372-3540 if you have any questions. 




2018 WATER ASSESSMENT

    The allotment has not yet been set for the 2018 water season. The Board of Directors and Joint Committee will continue to monitor the water situation and announce the allotment when we get closer to the beginning of irrigation. 

    The Owyhee Irrigation District board of directors have set the incurred O&M charges for the 2018 season at $65.00 per irrigable acre. The fee breakdown is as follows: $1.50 special assessment for the Malheur Siphon Improvements project and $63.50 for the normal, annual Operation and Maintenance fee. This will be a $3.00 increase from last year. Those owners who have less than 5 acres will be assessed a charge of $75.00 for account fees plus the $65.00 per irrigable acre. 

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:

    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.




Malheur Siphon

The District has contracted with MWH Americas, an engineering firm from Boise, who has performed an evaluation, structure analysis, and has engineered the design of the replacement structures to support the Siphon. The District has continued to move forward and is currently accepting bids for this project, these will be opened on the 6th of March. The District will receive recommendations from Greg Clark, a representative from MWH Americas, and will then decide who will be completing the work on the structure.   

For more information, please attend our Annual Water Users Meeting on March 20, 2018, at 1:30 pm at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. 




Right of Way Issues

No fences, ditches, or other obstructions shall be placed across or upon any District canal bank without special permission of management and then only with the understanding that suitable openings or gates will be provided to enable District employees to travel said canal banks without hindrance. Management shall have the right to remove all fences of obstructions constructed contrary to these provisions. Maintaining weed control on the right-of-way will be at the discretion of the District. Obstructions are not permitted on District canals, right of ways, and facilities. The following are some obstructions that are not permitted; drip systems, diesel fuel, stacking hay, chemical storage box tanks, junky equipment, buildings, no parking of equipment, landscaping, trees, brush, nor lawns should be grown on District canals, laterals, or right of way.

  THE DISTRICT WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DAMAGE OF PERSONAL PROPERTY LEFT WITHIN THE DISTRICT'S RIGHT OF WAYS. 

The average width of a right of way is a total of 30 feet, 15 feet from the center both directions. For larger canals, this could be up to 100 feet, 50 feet from the center each direction. If you have questions about a particular right of way, please contact the main office. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly needed and much appreciated; this allows us to keep the system functioning proficiently to the benefit of all water users. 



 

Water Rights and Making Changes to Your Operations

We realize that many water users are making changes to their farming practices. It is imperative that you discuss any changes that will affect how you use your irrigation water. We must comply with state laws and federal regulations. Under ORS 540.510 only lands that are designated as irrigable can have water applied to them. The District has noticed many of those switching to pivot operations are now watering ground that does not have water rights; this is against both state and federal law. There are options for you to move your water rights to cover the non-irrigated ground.

This rule also applies to land that has water rights but is not being irrigated. Under ORS 540.610 irrigation water must be applied to beneficial use within a five (5) year period, or those rights are subject to forfeit.

It is crucial that if you are making changes to your operation, watering land without water rights, or have land that does have water rights but is not being irrigated, please contact Kris or Brittany at the main office, so that we may discuss the options available to you.




NEWS!



Due to issues at the diversion, water users from Stanton to Weiser Blvd. could experience low water today May 10, 2018, for up to possibly 24 hours. 



The Joint Committee has decided the turn-on date for the 2018 water season. Water will be released from the Dam Monday, April 2nd. Deliveries will be available to the Adrian area by Tuesday, April 3rd. It is anticipated that water will have reached the Shoestring Canal by the end of the week (Friday, April 6th.) 

Please make sure you have paid your 2018 assessment and completed your RRA forms (if applicable) before ordering water. 

The allotment has not changed: 4 acre-feet per acre with no excess. 

The Board of Directors strongly encourages growers to conserve water as much as possible this season. Due to the little snowpack and minimal incoming flows we received this year, the District is looking ahead and preparing for next year which could be another low water year. 

The 2018 season will end on October 1st in preparation for the repairs to the Malheur Siphon. Please plan to have all irrigation finished by the first of October. 





We are happy to announce that our Customer Information Portal is back up and running! 


Please click the link below to access the new site. After you create an account, you may not have access right away. Please give us some time to finalize your information. For those who may need extra help getting started, some quick instructions have been uploaded to the Customer Information Portal tab found on the left-hand side of this web page. 


https://truecip.owyheeid.org/ 


Due to a problem with the provider of our web hosting service, all the data for the previous Customer Information Portal was lost. Those who previously created accounts to access the Customer Information Portal will have to do so again. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this interruption of services has caused as well as the time it took to correct the issue. The problem was more in-depth than we initially realized and it took longer than anticipated because we had to recreate the entire website. We appreciate your patience while we worked to get things back up and running. We are now with a new hosting service and hope something like this doesn't happen again. We realize this is a valuable resource to our patrons and we strive to have helpful, easily accessible information available to you. We plan to learn from what happened and use that knowledge to provide better service to you in the future. 





For those asking about the increase in flows for fishing
This year's water forecast for runoff is low. Any increase in releases for irrigation would be no sooner than April 1st, after that date inflows could increase at any time, based on the Board of Directors vote to start irrigation deliveries.






2018 Assistant Manager’s Report 

The harsh winter from last year has become the District’s water supply for the 2018 irrigation season. With a dismal snowpack in the Owyhee Basin sitting at 37% water equivalency (as of 02/01/18) we will need a wet and cool weather pattern to add to the snowpack. With the water storage carryover starting at 491,136 Acre Feet at the first of February, this could mean that the reservoir storage for irrigation will start far below normal average levels heading into 2019. 

For more information, please attend our Annual Water Users Meeting on March 20, 2018, starting at 1:30 pm at the Four Rivers Cultural Center. 

TO WATER USERS OF THE OWYHEE IRRIGATION DISTRICT

    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.          


BOARD MEMBERS:

President - Jerry Nagaki

Vice President - Dan Tschida

Secretary - Frank Ausman

Eric White

Bruce Corn





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FEDERAL RRA FORMS

    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. 



AQUATIC CHEMICALS 

   If you have been in the District Chemical Lock and Close Program in the past, the District will be sending instructions and information that water users will need to make an informed decision on the best way to manage your operation. 

    If you wish to participate, you must complete a Lock & Close Program Request Form. This must be returned to the District Office by April 13, 2018, if you do not wish to have these chemicals to enter your headgate. For more information, please contact the district office, your ditch rider or the Owyhee Irrigation District's environmental coordinator.

     This year we will again be using the AlertSense notification system for aquatic herbicide applications made to the canals and laterals. This alert system contacts the user by email, landline, text, and cell phone. Those who were on last year's list have been entered into the system for this year. This system keeps our patrons better informed and provides documentation for our records.



 

2018 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 WITH OWYHEE IRRIGATION WATER RIGHTS are the ONLY authorized participants. We will begin accepting tails in April. 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 and other parts of animals will NOT be accepted.  A District employee will count and verify the number of tails, and a check will be issued the following month. 

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