There has been no allotment set as of yet. Management and the board of Directors are waiting to see what will happen in the time before the water season starts.
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.
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 by April 17, 2015 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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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.
Our snowpack 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.
The turn on date for the Owyhee Irrigation District and the Old Owyhee Improvement District has been set for Monday April 20, 2015. And the allotment has been increased to 1.5 acre feet per acre.
Dunaway Pumping Station is still set to start today. The Dead Ox Pumping Plant has been held off until Monday April 13, 2015. No date has been set as to when water delivery will begin from the Owyhee Reservoir. Both boards will meet again on Monday April 13, 2015 to discuss again the turn on date for stored water. Allotment has not been changed, it remains at 1.4 acre feet per acre.
The allotment has been set for the 2015 season at 1.4 acre feet per acre. Management and Directors predict this will not change.
The Board of Directors of the Owyhee Irrigation District, the Joint Committee of the Owyhee Project, and the Old Owyhee Improvement District met this afternoon and have tentatively set the starting date for the Dunaway Pumping Station, which delivers water to the Ontario-Nyssa pumping area, also known as, the Shoe String Canal, as April 6, 2015. Dead Ox Pumping Plant will tentatively start on April 8, 2015. There has been no official date set to release water from the Owyhee Reservoir. The Joint Committee and Board of Directors will meet again on April 6, 2015 to discuss this further.
Here we go once again, we are unable to break this dry cycle that seems to keep plaguing us.
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/
We would like to introduce our customers our new Customer Information Portal:
The new Customer Information Portal, or CIP, is an online way for you to access some features of your account. You will be able to look at past billing information, as well as, current water usage and orders placed with your ditch rider. To use this feature you will need to create an account, the link to do so is above under "Customer Information Portal". Fill in name, pick a user name, and create a password and security question. Please write these down and keep in a secure place, as we, nor our service provider, will know what your username, password, and security question will be. Also, please provide us with contact information, such as, phone and email, so we can contact you if you have any questions regarding your account. A comment section has been made for you to supply us with additional information, as well as, your account numbers, if you know them. This helps us speed the process along, as we will have to manually activate your CIP and attach each water account to your CIP account, so you are able to view the information. This is just a basic overview of information and how the process works a more extensive training on the CIP system will be given at the Annual Water Users Meeting.
Since this is the first year we are implementing this feature, we ask that you please be as patient with us as possible. This will be a new process for all of us, but in time we believe it will allow you, the water users, better and quicker access to information and allow us to provide you with the best and high quality service we can offer.