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104 West Valley View Road / P.O. Box 467
Talent, OR 97540 USA
541-535-1529


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Emigrant Lake (photo courtesy of the Bureau of Reclamation)

Updated Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:15 a.m.

WATER SUPPLY UPDATE AS OF APRIL 2015

As you are aware, snowpack and reservoir water levels are well below average. As of April 1st the District has met two of the three elements to trigger its Drought Contingency Plan which consists of the following:

1) Reservoir combined storage at 75% or less than average and;

2) Projected streamflow for April through June at or below 75%

With that said the District is roughly in the same condition that it was last season at this time. All things remaining equal, the District Board hopes to operate as it did last year, which saw the District start water deliveries the first week of May and remain in operation into the last week in September. This was quite respectable based on the amount of water we had to work with.

Last yearís success was brought about by several things. The District held off its scheduled historic start up for approximately one month, which helped us not engage the reservoirs early. District employees were extra vigilant about talking to users about rotations and exercising good judgement to curtail runoff. Mother Nature helped with some summer rain events that allowed us to trim back canal releases and hold that water in the reservoirs. And last, but certainly not least, the District got excellent cooperation from its water users who understood the need for conservation, especially on these very tight water years.

Keep in mind that we canít make the water, all we can do is distribute it as equitably as possible. To do this it takes all parties cooperating with good communication between ditch riders, water users and the District office.

McDonald System water users in particular saw a very short year last year and unfortunately may see another short year this year. With no storage capability and a junior water right on that system, we are limited to how well we can serve those lands.



OFFICE HOURS
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Our phone number is 541-535-1529.

ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT FOR IRRIGATION BILLS
Talent Irrigation District is not set up to accept debit or credit cards or checks over the phone. The District accepts cash,checks or money orders only.

WHERE TO REMIT PAYMENTS

MAILING PAYMENTS

If you are mailing your payment it must be sent to our P.O. Box 467, Talent, OR 97540. The Talent Post Office does not deliver mail to businesses in downtown Talent,therefore, if you mail your payment to 104 West Valley View Road, your payment will be returned to you by the post office.

DROPPING PAYMENTS OFF AT THE OFFICE

If you are dropping your payment off at the office our address is 104 West Valley View Road, Talent, OR 97540.

MONTHLY BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEETINGS
The Talent Irrigation District Board of Directors regularly meet at the District office on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the District office. The meetings are open to the public. If you have something to present to the Board, please contact the Office at least one week in advance in order to be placed on the agenda.

EMERGENCY ANSWERING SERVICE
For all emergency's during non-business hours, anytime during the year, the phone number to call is 541-770-0315. The emergency answering service will contact the District's emergency response person.

RECLAMATION REFORM ACT FORMS (RRA)
If you own, operate, and/or lease 40 acres or more of irrigated land within a Bureau of Reclamation irrigation district you are required to notify the Talent Irrigation District office and fill out the required forms on the Bureau of Reclamation RRA Website before April 1st each year to avoid any fines. In addition, if your landholdings change at anytime during the irrigation season you must immediately notify the District and file new forms.