Welcome to Talent Irrigation District
WATER SUPPLY UPDATE POSTED MONDAY AUGUST 13, 2018
There has not been a lot of change from last month’s water supply update. We are still forecasting around September 15th as being the anticipated shut down date due to the continued hot and dry weather, lack of any rain, and our low water supply starting conditions this year.
Users should continue to use good irrigation techniques as listed in last month’s update and avoid any waste or runoff from your lands. The reservoir levels are very low with Emigrant currently being less than 30% of full storage, Hyatt is struggling at 17% and Howard Prairie stands at 45% (but all of its water will not be available to us this year).
WATER USAGE INFORMATION DURING EXTREMELY HIGH TEMPERATURES – POSTED 7/5/2018 11:00 AM
The 98 to 100+ degree temperatures create problems for us. Demand goes up, water temperature and evaporative losses go up and aquatic weed growth escalates, creating an impedance in the canal flows.
Water does not move as well during hot temperatures. We are drawing heavily on the reservoirs now, July and August are historically our heaviest demand months and the canals will struggle to keep up with demand. These next two months will determine how long we are able to run the canals. Right now we are looking at a mid-September shut-off which isn’t perfect, but should get us through what has been a relatively demanding year.
Stay on your rotations, if you shorten them it just creates a larger demand on an already taxed canal system. Pay attention to your water when it’s your turn, keep your irrigation systems maintained and head ditches clean and debris free.
Do not run water off! Our Ditch Riders will get particularly upset when they are struggling to hold water on the end users of their canal and someone is wasting water down the road ditch. This will be reason for the Ditch Rider to shut off your water.
Be patient, we will get water around to everyone, remember the Rules and Regulations of the District state that demand for water shouldn’t be made more often than 10 – 14 days between irrigations. If you have been out of water for only a day or two, it will be a lower priority than someone who is maintaining their rotation and is out of water.
MOSS REMOVAL ON THE EAST CANAL CONTINUING MONDAY, AUGUST 13th
We are continuing moss removal on the East Main Canal today, Monday August 13th at Dead Indian Memorial Road working upstream. The operation will continue through the rest of this week.
MOSS REMOVAL ON THE ASHLAND CANAL CONTINUING MONDAY, AUGUST 13TH
We are continuing moss removal on the Ashland Main Canal today, Monday August 13th at Siskiyou Boulevard working upstream. The operation will continue through the rest of this week.
MOSS REMOVAL ON THE TALENT CANAL STARTING MONDAY, JUNE 25th
We are continuing moss removal on the Talent Main Canal today, Monday, June 25th at Walden Lane working upstream. The operation will continue through the rest of this week.
UPDATED WATER SUPPLY NOTICE 6/19/2018 AT 7:30 A.M.
Thankfully, the project reservoirs Emigrant, Hyatt and Howard Prairie are holding up slightly better than expected with Emigrant being at roughly 67% of full pool or 26,198 acre feet. The average for this time of year is around 85%. Hyatt is struggling at 36% of full or 5,900 acre feet. The average for this time of year is around 10,000 acre feet or 62% of full pool.
Howard Prairie is drawing down about how we suspected it would with 57% of full pool or 34,735 acre feet. The average for this time of year is around 75%. However, the full amount of water is not available to us this year due to the outlet restrictions on the reservoir.
So far the cooler weather and sporadic showers have helped to keep demand and crop needs slightly lower than normal, but we are still well behind where we would be on an average water year.
Users should continue to practice good conservation measures and avoid waste or overwatering your land. Even with the efforts of our patrons and District staff, we will still be looking at a somewhat shortened year anticipating shutdown around mid to late September depending on weather and demand.
MC DONALD WATER USERS ONLY – UPDATED 6/28/2018 at 8:45 a.m.
The District received a call from the Jackson County Watermaster this morning and he is regulating the District off of the McDonald System water, therefore the water is being shut off this morning on the McDonald System only.
MC DONALD WATER USERS ONLY – UPDATED 6/19/2018
McDonald water users are more severe. While it isn’t a surprise for those system users, the fact that there is no storage batteries on that system and natural streamflow is starting to drop off significantly, the Jackson County Watermaster has let us know that the Little Applegate system (McDonald) is getting thin and they could have to start regulating the system which means we could lose that source for the year.
We will try to keep those users apprised of the situation and give as much warning as possible, but State regulation requires us to release that water to senior users on the river once the Watermaster requires us to do so.
UPDATED NOTICE 5/24/18 AT 8:00 A.M.
These infrequent storms and cooler weather do help with water management. The demand for water drops off and water in the canals and laterals moves a little easier and goes farther. With that said, it can also give a false sense of security.
We are drawing on the storage reservoirs relatively hard to keep up with demand. The recent upper 80° weather affects both irrigation demand and increases the evaporation loss to the reservoirs as well as the canals. Users need to continue to be conservative with their water use and not allow waste or over irrigate. Keep irrigation systems maintained and in good working condition. Continue to let your ditch rider know your plans, both for turn-ons and shut-offs.
We are hoping to get a reasonable irrigation season with our water supply but we will probably be shutting off a bit early this year than normal.
UPDATED NOTICE 4/23/2018 at 8:45 a.m.
Due to the unseasonably warm weather that is being forecast, we are starting today to flush all of the canals with minimum water flows to clean out the debris and soak up the canal prisms. The process of bringing the water flow up takes several days and then all of the laterals and pressure lines will need to be primed. We do not anticipate starting to make any water deliveries until the latter part of the week of April 30th.
UPDATED NOTICE 4/18/2018 at 9:30 a.m.
The last couple of weeks have been a help to us by providing some much needed, but limited moisture. As of now, the snow water equivalent for our area stands at around 57% of average. The NOAA / National Weather Service Drought Monitor has our area in an “abnormally dry” category.
As of today, TID reservoirs stand at 79% of average for this time of year, and only 64% of full pool. Depending on summer weather and District operations, this will be a tighter than normal water year.
Water users should be as water conservative minded as possible and keep your head ditches clean, in good shape and free of debris. Sprinkler systems should have the correct size nozzles and be in good repair. Be contentious in moving your sprinkler system lines so you don’t over irrigate one set and under irrigate another. Do not allow water to “runoff” your property. District staff will be paying particular attention to this. Once wasted water gets into creeks it is lost to the District.
Stay in close contact with your area ditch rider to track schedules, rotations and on/off records. Be sure to let the ditch rider know when you will be finished so that he can get the water to the next scheduled water user.
The District plans to start loading the canals on or about May 1st. It will take some time after that to get the canals up to operating depth and to get service laterals and pressure lines primed and ready for operation. Please be patient! By starting the system later as we have, it should help us extend our season and be able to afford us later season operations. However, the late startup doesn’t mean we can ignore our safety protocols for bringing the system up slowly so we don’t experience a blowout or canal failure which would result in needing to shut the system back down.
If everyone works together and communicates, we should be able to get through the year, hopefully no worse for the wear. The District’s Rules and Regulations are on this website. Please refer to them for general information and operating rules of the District. Keep in mind the District’s annual allotment is 2.65 acre feet per acre per year, which equates to roughly 3.5” of water depth every 12 to 14 days.
MC DONALD SYSTEM WATER USERS ONLY
We will start the McDonald System the week of April 23rd since that system is limited to natural stream flows and doesn’t have a storage backup. Usually, on below normal years that system will run out of water earlier than usual, or we can be regulated off the system by the State Water Resources Department so we will try to front load the system so water is available as long as possible.
UPDATED NOTICE 4/4/2018
At the regular board meeting held on Tuesday, April 3rd, the Board of Directors discussed the start date of the 2018 irrigation season and the continued dry weather pattern we are in now. It was the consensus of the Board to try to hold off until the 1st of May, if possible, but this date is not set in stone. Should hot or above average temperature conditions warrant an earlier start date we will be flexible to start earlier.
It is important that we hold off as long as we can to extend the water supply into September. In other words, the earlier we start, the earlier we will run out of water. We are still hopeful for a wet spring that will make the May 1st start date a little easier for everyone to work with.
The recent pattern of storms has helped the water supply somewhat, however we are a long way from a normal or average water year. The snow pack (snow water equivalent) has risen from 50% on the 1st of March to roughly 60% to date.
The combined reservoir storage is at 56% of full pool. There is a good chance that we will experience shortages during this irrigation season, depending on how the early spring weather behaves.
The Board of Directors will take the water supply condition up at the April 3rd board meeting to determine what kind of adjustments will need to be made to the start of the irrigation season. There is a better than average chance that the Board will delay the system startup date into May.
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 only accepts cash,checks or money orders.
WHERE TO REMIT 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 or (or your bank if it is an on-line bank check) 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 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.