Welcome to Talent Irrigation District
AS A REMINDER, IRRIGATION PAYMENTS WERE DUE BY APRIL 1ST. IF THE ACCOUNT WAS NOT PAID BY THE DUE DATE, A $25 LATE FEE HAS BEEN ADDED TO EACH TAX LOT BILL.
TENTATIVE START DATE FOR THE 2021 IRRIGATION SEASON (Posted April 6, 2021)
The District needs 50,000 plus acre feet of water to make it through a regular irrigation season. Our current supply stands at 17,000 acre feet which may continue to increase to some extent, depending on what happens with the weather. This water supply situation is unprecedented in our project’s history and we are trying to make the best of the situation that mother nature has given us. This year’s circumstances were brought on by several years of below average snowpack, precipitation and hot dry summer months.
At the regular board meeting of the Board of Directors held on April 6th, following lengthy discussions, it was the consensus of the Board that water deliveries will begin on June 1, 2021. This date could be extended to June 15th, if we are lucky enough to receive enough precipitation to allow an extension. It is estimated that once water deliveries begin, in June the water supply will be depleted some time during the first part of August.
We are asking everyone for their patience and cooperation as we move forward through this unprecedented situation.
DROUGHT INFORMATION POSTED MARCH 17, 2021
SOUTHERN OREGON IS IN A SEVERE DROUGHT FOR IRRIGATION WATER. MOTHER NATURE IS ALWAYS FIRMLY IN CONTROL OF THIS PART OF THE WATER SUPPLY. THE IRRIGATION DISTRICT DOES NOT MAKE THE WATER, WE JUST TRANSPORT THE WATER.
MULTIPLE BELOW AVERAGE SNOWPACK WATER YEARS, COUPLED WITH SUSTAINED LONG HOT SUMMERS, HAS CREATED A STEADY DRAWDOWN ON OUR CARRYOVER SUPPLY THAT WE HAD BUILT UP IN THE RESERVOIRS OVER THE YEARS.
UNTIL LAST YEAR, 1992 HAD BEEN THE LOWEST STORAGE WATER YEAR SINCE THE PROJECT WENT INTO OPERATION IN 1961. IN 2020, WE RAN VERY CLOSE TO 1992 STORAGE AMOUNTS BUT 1993 ALLOWED SOME RELIEF TO THE PROJECT BY PRODUCING APPROXIMATELY 175% OF NORMAL SNOWPACK AND HEAVY RUNOFF, ADDING SOME 75,000 ACRE FEET OF WATER TO THE SYSTEM. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SAME THING DID NOT HAPPEN BETWEEN THE 2020 AND 2021 YEARS
THE TALENT PROJECT RESERVOIRS HAVE AN AVERAGE ANNUAL DRAWDOWN OF AROUND 50,000 ACRE FEET TO GET US INTO SEPTEMBER. IF THIS YEAR DOES NOT GIVE US SOME RELIEF, WE COULD BE LOOKING AT ONLY HAVING AROUND 30,000-35,000 ACRE FEET.
THIS YEAR, LIKE LAST YEAR, THE FIRST SNOW FELL ON A DRY SOIL PROFILE WHICH CAUSED THE SNOWMELT TO SOAK INTO THE GROUND RATHER THAN RUNNING OFF INTO THE RESERVOIRS AND CREEKS. DEPENDING ON HOW THE SNOW COMES OFF THIS SPRING, WE SUSPECT THAT THIS YEAR WILL BEHAVE THE SAME WAY.
EVERY YEAR AT THE END OF EACH IRRIGATION SEASON WATER MANAGERS DO NOT KNOW WHAT TYPE OF WINTER WE WILL HAVE. THE LAST FEW STORAGE SEASONS WE HAVE NOT HAD THAT BANNER YEAR TO ALLOW THE SYSTEM TO RECOVER TO FULLY SATISFY THE UPCOMING IRRIGATION SEASON.
WHILE IT MAKES FOR VERY LOW POOLS IN THE RESERVOIRS AND RECREATION SUFFERS, IT IS THE DISTRICTS’ RESPONSIBILITY TO GIVE ITS’ GROWERS THE BEST CHANCE POSSIBLE OF HAVING A SUCCESSFUL GROWING SEASON. THE IRRIGATION PROJECT RESERVOIRS WERE BUILT FOR IRRIGATION AND THAT IS THE FIRST AND HIGHEST PRIORITY ON THE SYSTEM, WITH ALL OTHER USES BEING A DISTANT SECOND.
EVERY STORM GIVES US HOPE AND ONCE WE HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF STORED WATER THAT MAY BE AVAILABLE TO THE DISTRICT, THE DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL DETERMINE WHAT TYPES OF DELIVERY CHANGES MAY NEED TO BE MADE TO GIVE ALL DISTRICT PATRONS THEIR FAIR SHARE OF AVAILABLE IRRIGATION WATER.
WE HAVE NOT GIVEN UP HOPE THAT WE COULD YET EXPERIENCE SOME LARGE STORMS AND/OR A LATE WET SPRING TO HELP EXTEND THE SEASON, BUT WE WANT EVERYONE TO BE AWARE THAT THIS COULD BE A VERY SHORT DELIVERY SEASON.
THE DISTRICT ENCOURAGES ALL AG PRODUCERS TO PLAN THEIR CROP AND PASTURE MANAGEMENT ACCORDINGLY. THIS COULD MEAN REDUCING FERTILIZER APPLICATIONS OR SIMILAR ADJUSTMENTS BECAUSE OF REDUCED AVAILABLE WATER.
Water Supply Update posted February 9, 2021
As if we haven’t been through enough this last year with COVID-19, wildfire operations and recovery, not to mention back-to-back short water years, this water year is not shaping up to be any better.
The last several years have not been kind to us from a water supply outlook. Lighter than average snow packs coupled with long dry summers, have drawn the reservoir system down farther and farther every year. This gives us less water to work with every summer causing us to delay startup of the irrigation season and in turn, shutting the season down earlier than normal. Without the winter recharge to the system, it causes us to use more of our annual reservoir carryover amounts that would typically sustain us for the following year.
This year, at least at this point, doesn’t look to give us any relief with the reservoirs that the District relies on for irrigation. Howard Prairie, Hyatt and Emigrant reservoirs are at all time historic low elevations. While we still have time for mother nature to turn around and give us some above average snow and precipitation to get us into a good supply position, water users should be aware of the potential for a very short water year.
Once we are into March and April, we should be able to have at least a better idea of what our water supply for the year will be. At that time, the District Board of Directors can make any decisions that we may need to get through the water year.
OFFICE HOURS AND PAYMENTS
CURRENTLY THE DISTRICT OFFICE IS OPEN FROM 7:00 A.M. TO 4:30 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. HOWEVER, DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS, WE ARE RESTRICTING ACCESS TO OUR OFFICE LOBBY. PLEASE KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND WE WILL COME OUTSIDE TO ASSIST YOU. WE ASK THAT YOU REMAIN OUTSIDE WHILE WE GATHER ANY INFORMATION YOU ARE REQUESTING. IF IT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO ENTER THE OFFICE, YOU MUST WEAR A FACE MASK.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AND NEED TO CONTACT THE DISTRICT WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CALL US AT 541-535-1529.
YOU CAN NOW PAY YOUR IRRIGATION CHARGES USING THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS
Online – see the ONLINE BILL PAY link on the left of this page.
Over the telephone by calling the office at 541-535-1529 M-F from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Online with your bank (using bill pay)
By mail – Please mail your payment to PO Box 467, Talent, OR 97540-0467
In person – Our office is located at 104 W. Valley View Road, Talent, OR 97540 (COVID restrictions are in place)
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 9:00 a.m. 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.