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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 Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:15 a.m.

MOSS REMOVAL OPERATIONS ON THE ASHLAND MAIN CANAL

The District is removing moss on the Ashland Canal this week beginning at Old Hwy. 99 South and moving upstream. Moss removal will continue throughout the rest of this week.

The moss removal operations can cause interruptions in water delivery so please be patient during this time.

WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK Ė AUGUST 20, 2014

Recent rain events and cooler weather has helped the water situation. When you couple that with the somewhat earlier pear harvest and the continued cooperation of our users, we may be able to extend our season past September 15th, and go later into to September, if these conditions continue.

TID is receiving some negative reports based on the conditions (low water levels) of its reservoirs Howard Prairie, Hyatt, and Emigrant. While we donít like to see them at this stage either, they are behaving correctly and doing exactly what they were designed and built to do. Their primary purpose was to provide an adequate supplemental and primary water supply for the Talent, Medford, and Rogue River Valley Irrigation Districts, and they are doing that very well. Any other uses of the reservoir system take a lower priority to irrigation. A hot dry summer last year, lack of snow, precipitation below normal this year, as well as newly mandated fisheries releases of the system is the reason we are where we are.

Hopefully this upcoming fall and winter will provide some much needed snow and precipitation to rebuild our storage supplies. If it doesnít, our next water year has the potential to be much worse than this year.

MC DONALD SYSTEM WATER USERS ONLY - THE ENTIRE SYSTEM WAS SHUT OFF ON JUNE 19, 2014

The natural stream flow is exhausted so we had no choice but to shut the McDonald System off first thing this morning.

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

STATE OF OREGON

EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 14-04

DETERMINATION OF A STATE OF DROUGHT EMERGENCY IN JACKSON COUNTY DUE TO DROUGHT AND LOW WATER CONDITIONS

At the request of Jackson County by and through its County Commission in a letter dated March 19, 2014, on the recommendation of the Drought Council and Water Advisory Committee, and pursuant to ORS 401.165 and ORS 536.740, I find the continuing dry conditions, low snowpack, and lack of precipitation have caused natural and economic disaster conditions in Jackson County.

Projected forecasts are not expected to alleviate the severe drought conditions and the drought is having significant economic impact on Jackson Countyís agricultural, livestock, and natural resources.

The dry conditions present hardships for these communities: crops and agricultural and recreation investments are at risk; animals and plants that rely on Oregonís surface water supplies are threatened; and the risk of wildfires across the state is greatly increased. Current conditions are being monitored and analyzed by state agencies including the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Water Resources, and Oregon Office of Emergency Management

A timely response to the severe drought conditions is vital to the safety of persons and property and economic security of the citizens and businesses of Jackson County and directing the following activities;

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED AND DIRECTED:

I. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is directed to coordinate and provide assistance in seeking federal resources available to mitigate conditions and affect agricultural recovery in Jackson County.

II. The Department of Water Resources is directed to coordinate and provide assistance and regulation for Jackson County as it determines is necessary in accordance with ORS 536.700 to 536.780.

III. The Office of Emergency Management is directed to coordinate and assist as needed with assessment and mitigation activities to address current and projected conditions in Jackson County.

IV. All other departments are directed to coordinate with the above agencies and to provide appropriate state resources as determined essential to assist affected political subdivisions in Jackson County.

V. This Executive Order expires on December 31, 2014

Done at Salem, Oregon this 6th day of May, 2014.

John A. Kitzhaber, MD
GOVERNOR

ATTEST:
Kate Brown

SECRETARY OF STATE
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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
If you are mailing your payment it must be sent to our P.O. Box 467, Talent, OR 97540.

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

The Talent Post Office does not deliver mail to the business addresses 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.

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 irrgated 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.

ITEMS FOR SALE

#19 1987 Chevy Diesel Pickup (parts) $1,000

#24 1985 Chevy Diesel Pickup $1,200

#26 1984 Chevy Diesel Pickup $1,200

Posted August 12, 2014 at 6:50 a.m.


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