Welcome to Talent Irrigation District
WATER SUPPLY UPDATE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2019
We do not have an exact start date in mind, but it will probably be sometime between late April to early May. Determining the start state is completely dependent on the weather.
Unfortunately last year we paid a heavy price running as long into September as we did. (We shut down the system on September 22nd.) This brought two of our three reservoirs near or at minimum pools, almost emptying them. The pooled volume of all three reservoirs, Howard Prairie, Hyatt and Emigrant were at 16% of capacity at season shutdown.
While the late winter snow has been a huge help, the snowpack was only 60% of average on the first of February. Late storms have brought us up to around 115% of average for the first of March. We are hoping there is more to come. We knew going into winter that we would need to have 150% of average snowpack to help us break even on the water supply this year.
We hope with the better than average snowpack we will be able to recover the reservoirs and run this upcoming irrigation season at least as far as we did last year, if not later. The good news is that natural streamflow should be much better than last year. The fill on the reservoir system is wholly based on the time and type of snowpack release and what we are able to capture and store in the reservoirs. As of March 17, 2019 the pooled capacity of all three reservoirs is 35%.
We will update the website as we get closer to the season start up. There is still time to make significant gains to the system and we are hopeful that will happen.
The annual bills will be mailed out on February 1, 2019 and are due by April 1, 2019 to avoid a $25 late fee.
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.