April 18 Water Start Up Update

All repairs have been made and crews are working to have the entire system up by this afternoon. Happy Irrigation!

Ditchriders are on duty.

Eastside (east of Townsend Rd roughly) 541-561-7681

Westside (west of Townsend Rd roughly) 541-561-7682

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Good Neighbor Rule

PLEASE be a kind irrigator. We understand that everyone is dry and wants to get water to cover their property, but we need everyone to run one section at time with their water right rate so that we can get water to everyone. If you see a neighbor that is not following the Good Neighbor Rule and they have their entire system on at once, please text the District Manager at 541-571-7698 with a location and we will inspect the situation. Reports will remain anonymous. Thank You.

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Line Start Up

The L Line and the G Line have been turned on. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the District Manager @ 541-571-7698.

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April 13 Start-Up Update

The B Line had to be shut down due to a leak and missing gate. Those repairs should be done within the hour and we will start the B Line up again. We intend to charge the G Line and L Line today, if possible.

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Front Office Person Needed

Hermiston Irrigation District is looking for a new full-time Customer Service Representative to answer phones, take payments, address customer inquiries, keep water rights information up-to-date, process water rights transfers, and serve as secretary to the District Manager. Requirements include excellent communication skills, proficiency of Microsoft applications including Access, and professionalism. Desired qualifications include knowledge of irrigation district procedures, water rights, GIS, and the ability to read and interpret maps.

The full job description is available on the HID website at www.HermistonID.org. Resume packages should be emailed to Manager@HermistonID.org and must be received by close of business on April 22, 2021.

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2021 Irrigation Season Starts Today

Crews are opening the A Line at Cold Springs Reservoir this morning and Starting the B Line. We will continue to charge the system throughout the week and keep the page updated as we open laterals.

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Irrigation Season Start Dates for the past 25 Years

We get a lot of questions about the historical water turn on and shut off dates: Here is a list of last 25 Years:

April 15, 1997 – After the Historic 1996 Floods

April 13, 1998

April 5, 1999

April 7, 2000

April 9, 2001

April 9, 2002

April 7, 2003

April 5, 2004

April 4, 2005

April 10, 2006

April 9, 2007

April 13, 2008

April 6, 2009

April 5, 2010

April 5, 2011

April 2, 2012

March 27, 2013

March 29, 2014

March 25, 2015

April 7, 2016

April 13, 2017

April 9, 2018

April 19, 2019 – After 100-Year Flood April 6, 2019

April 13, 2020 – After 500-Year Flood of February 5, 2020

April 12, 2021 – Projected Start Up

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April 15th Start-up

Target Start-Up date for the 2021 Irrigation Season is April 15th

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Special Board Meeting

HID will be conducting a Special Board Meeting on March 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm for the express purpose of opening bids for the Newman Bypass Project. Persons interested in attending this meeting virtually can call the HID office at 541-567-3024 for information on how to join via Zoom.

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HID Inviting Bids for Newman Bypass



Hermiston Irrigation District

366 E Hurlburt Ave

Hermiston OR 97838

Notice is hereby given that Hermiston Irrigation District, Oregon, invites bids for the construction of the Newman Bypass. The work for this project involves the cast in place concrete inlet and outlet structures with a 28-day comprehensive at 4500 psi, steel reinforcement, and the excavation, placement and cover 500’ of 36” HDPE Pipe.

The District will provide the 36” HDPE Pipe, link seals, and headgate, all of which are on-site.

Work to be completed on the project as shown on the Engineered Drawings and Specifications provided.

Bids for the described project will be received by Annette Kirkpatrick, District Manager of Hermiston Irrigation District, at 366 E Hurlburt Ave, Hermiston, OR 97838 or electronically at Bids@HermistonID.org, until 5:00 p.m. local time on March 15, 2021.  Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the Hermiston Irrigation District office at 366 E. Hurlburt Ave, Hermiston, Oregon beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the same date that bids are due. Attendance by virtual option will be available in order to comply with COVID-19 requirements of the State of Oregon.

Copies of the design plans and specifications can be obtained by contacting District Manager Kirkpatrick at Manager@HermistonID.org and requesting a copy, call the HID office at 541-567-3024 and request a copy, or from the Hermiston Plan Center, Hermiston, Oregon.

Work can begin immediately and the Project shall be substantially complete by April 15, 2021.  The contract is subject to the applicable provisions of ORS 279C.800 through ORS 279C.870, the Oregon Prevailing Wage Law and 2 C.F.R § 200.317-326. This work will be inspected by the Bureau of Reclamation and an engineer for the BOR will be on-site during portions of the work period. This work is necessary as a result of the 2019/2020 flood events within Umatilla County and is being completed under FEMA Disaster Relief Declaration DR4452-OR and DR4519-OR. 

Hermiston Irrigation District is committed to providing equal opportunities to State of Oregon certified Minority, Disadvantaged and Women’s Business Enterprises in contracting activities.

Hermiston Irrigation District reserves the right to cancel this invitation or reject any and all bids submitted or to waive any minor formalities of this call if in the judgment of the HID Board the best interest of the District would be served.

March 5, 2021

Annette Kirkpatrick

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