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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. 




Outlook good

Snowpack off to solid start this winter

Larry Meyer The Argus Observer

Outlook good - Snowpack off to solid start this winter
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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.



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 in order to make an informed decision on the best way to manage your operation.

    If you wish to participate must complete a Lock & Close Program Request Form. This must be returned to the District Office by April 16, 2016 if you do not want these chemicals to enter your head gate. For more information please contact the district office, your ditchrider or the environmental coordinator.

     This year we will be using the AlertSense notification system for aquatic herbicide applications made to the canals and laterals. This alert system will contact the user by email, landline, text, and cell phone. Those who were on last years list have been entered into the system for this year. Our hope is that this will keep our patrons better informed and provide documentation for our records.

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2016 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.   

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 located at 106 Main Street Nyssa, Oregon 97913 on Tuesday January 19, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. A meeting of the Joint Committee of the Owyhee Project will follow. 

It is anticipated that these principal subjects will be considered:

OID Agenda: 

Greg Clark MWH - Malheur Siphon legs 

Twilight Project

Northwest Irrigators Operators Conference
Boise ID Feb 17-18 2016  

Employee Committee review
457 Plan proposal  

GIS Geo-Stabilization International
Snively Siphon slide proposal

 

Joint Agenda: 

Schedule MOU meeting for January 

Winter work at Owyhee Dam
Painting east stair well

Backup generator wired in and working  

B2H update Mike H.

Ring gate closed up ready for service

Water forecast - Snow pack

Northwest Irrigators Operators Conference
Boise ID Feb 17-18 2016   

Storage:

January 13, 2016 - 79,316 AF

January 13, 2015 - 52,609 AF       



Board Members:

Chairman - Jerry Nagaki

Vice Chairman - Dan Tschida

Secretary - Eric White

Frank Ausman

Bruce Corn 


Please click on the photo below to view more photos from the 2016 Snow Course Flight
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Dec 28, 3:34 PM EST

Owyhee Basin Farmers Optimistic About Snowpack Levels

By SEAN ELLIS
Capital Press


ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) -- A series of snowstorms over the Owyhee Basin has resulted in snowpack levels more than twice their normal amount for this time of year.

That has given farmers in Eastern Oregon who get their irrigation water from the Owyhee Reservoir a reason to be optimistic for the first time in several years.

The basin has experienced four straight years of reduced snowpack levels and the 1,800 farms that depend on the reservoir have had their annual water allotment slashed by two-thirds the past two years.

Water has stopped flowing through the Owyhee Irrigation District's 400 miles of canals, laterals and ditches in August the past two years, two months earlier than normal.

But as of Dec. 24, snowpack in the basin was at 233 percent of normal for that date.

"I'm really pleased with what I'm seeing so far," said dairyman and farmer Frank Ausman, a member of the Owyhee Irrigation District's board of directors. "We're sitting quite a bit better at this time than we were the last couple of years."

But Ausman and other farmers said the snow needs to keep falling in order for growers to have an adequate water supply next season.

"It's definitely ... a good start but it's a little early to start counting our chickens," Ausman said.

OID Manager Jay Chamberlin said the storms have laid down a lot of snow proportionally over the whole watershed, unlike last year when the sparse snow the basin received was spotty.

"Keep it coming. This feels good," he said.

The reservoir provides water for 118,000 irrigated acres in Malheur County in southeastern Oregon and around Homedale and Marsing in southwestern Idaho.

Farmers in this area have had to alter their rotations and farming practices as a result of drastically reduced water supplies the last three years. A lot of farm ground has been left idle and growers have planted a lot more crops that require less water but also bring less income.

While farmers and water supply managers expressed optimism at the current snowpack situation in the basin, they also cautioned that it's still early in the snow season and the reservoir needs a lot more water.

To guarantee a good water supply year, the reservoir needs about 450,000 acre-feet of storage water, Chamberlin said. It's holding about 50,000 acre-feet right now.

"We're going into 2016 in a lot better shape than we did the last three years," Chamberlin said. "But we have a whole lot of room in an empty bucket. We can take whatever (is sent) us."

Farmer Paul Skeen likened the current water situation to being early in a football game. While farmers are leading, there's a lot of ballgame left, he said.

"Yes, things don't look nearly as bleak as they did last year," said Skeen, president of the Malheur County Onion Growers Association. "But we're a long ways from the fourth quarter. We're just finishing the first quarter of the game."

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Information from: Capital Press, http://www.capitalpress.com/washington




Water Outlook Report 2015

    Here we go once again, we are unable to break this dry cycle that seems to keep plaguing us.  
    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.
    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. 
    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.
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