Our office is located at 17 South First Street in Nyssa, Oregon. Our winter hours will be Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM Friday 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and closed at noon for lunch. Please call (541) 372-3540 if you have any questions.
“Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot” ~ Hausa Proverb
Our office will be closed Thursday November 26th and Friday November 27th 2015 for Thanksgiving.
We hope everyone enjoys stuffing their faces and watching football!
2015 Water Assessment
The allotment has been set at 1.6 acre feet per acre for the 2015 water season.
The Owyhee Irrigation district board of directors have set the incurred O&M charges for the 2015 season as $56.50 per irrigable acre. This will be a $0.70 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 $56.50 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.
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 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 by April 16, 2016 if you do not want these chemicals to enter your head gate or if you would like more information.
2015 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 verified. A check will be issued to you the following month.
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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.
Chairman - Jerry Nagaki
Vice Chairman - Dan Tschida
Secretary - Eric White
Our snow pack was depleted early in February. Spring runoff was a couple months earlier than normal and time is running short for fill from the watershed. Spring storms would be very welcome prior to the start of the water season.
Current reservoir storage is 158,249 AF which is 43,678 AF more than last year at this time. We started the 2015 water year with autumn rains and snow from late December 2014, with our peak inflow of 7,000 cfs in late December and warmer temperatures through most of January.
Here we go once again, we are unable to break this dry cycle that seems to keep plaguing us.
Water Outlook Report 2015
This past year, in dealing with such a difficult season, lessons were learned concerning how we, the District, were operating and facilitating our customers. It is our desire to work even harder this year, to be as fair as possible, and operate more efficiently. One of the changes made was to combine Ride 5 with Rides 4 and 6.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND THE JOINT COMMITTEE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING WATER USERS TO PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR PLANTING TIMES. THE COMMITTEE IS GOING TO HOLD OFF AS LONG AS POSSIBLE BEFORE WATER IS RELEASED DOWN THE CANAL SYSTEMS. We are trying to ensure adequate demand and minimal waste. Temporary Water Allotment Transfers will be allowed again this year, but only within each ditch ride. THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS SET JUNE 15, 2015 AS THE CUTOFF DATE FOR ALL WATER TRANSFER APPLICATIONS TO BE SUBMITTED. Owyhee Irrigation District STAFF WILL NOT ACCEPT ANY AFTER THIS DATE.
THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL WATER USERS MEETING WILL BE HELD MARCH 17, 2015 AT THE FOUR RIVERS CULTURAL CENTER. We will use this time to explain in more detail any other changes that will be necessary to work through another difficult season. The regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors will be at 10:00 AM followed by a meeting of the Joint Committee at 11:00 AM. The Annual Water Users Meeting will begin at 1:30 PM. This year’s Annual Water Users Meeting will be together with water users from both The Old Owyhee Improvement District and the Owyhee Irrigation District. We encourage the public and all irrigation water users to attend.