Public Scoping Meeting August 30

Hermiston Irrigation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Oregon, and Farmers Conservation Alliance are developing a Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment to help the District and its irrigators to conserve water, improve water delivery reliability, reduce operation and maintenance costs, and enhance habitat for fish and wildlife. This project would complement prior and ongoing modernization projects in the District.

You are invited to participate in a public scoping meeting to learn more about these proposed irrigation improvements and provide feedback.

Meeting Information

 Tuesday, August 30, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Hermiston Community Center

415 S Hwy 395 Hermiston OR, 97838

 To learn more about the project and how to submit a comment, please visit oregonwatershedplans.org or call Farmers Conservation Alliance at (541) 716-6085

El Distrito de Irrigacion de Hermiston, los recursos naturales de servicio de conservacion en el estado de Oregon y la alianza en conservacion de Agricultores estan desarrollando un plan de evaluacion Ambiental para ayudar a distrito y sus irrigadores en la conserva del agua, mejorar la fiabilidad de entrega, reducir costos de operacion y mantenimiento y mejorar el abitat de los peces y la vida silvestre. Este Projecto complentara los projectos anteriores y actualment en proceso hacia la modernizacion del distrito.

Esta invitado a participar en la junta Ambiental publica para poder aprender acerca de los implementos de irrigacion propuestos y poder brindar su opinion.

Informacion de la Junta

Martes, Agosto 30 2022

6:00PM-7:00PM               

Hermiston Community Center

415 S. Hwy 395 Hermiston OR, 97838

Para aprender mas acerca del projecto o para commentar, favor de visitar oregonwatershedplans.org o llamar a Farmers Conservation Alliance al (541) 716 6085.

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ME line is currently down for repairs today August 2, 2022.

La linea ME esta actualmente fuera de servicio por reparaciones el dia de hoy 2 de Agosto del 2022.

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HID will be treating the Maxwell and the O-line with Nautique tomorrow, August 2, 2022.

HID estara tratando las aguas del Maxwell y de la O-Line con Nautique manana 2 de Agosto del 2022.

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PUBLIC NOTICE:

The Board of Hermiston Irrigation District has changed the date of the regular board meeting from Thursday, August 11, 2022 to   Thursday, August 18, 2022 at         4:00 p.m.

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On her 20th Anniversary with the Hermiston Irrigation District, Manager Annette Kirkpatrick works to modernize the district’s century-old system

District Manager Annette Kirkpatrick
District Manager Annette Kirkpatrick

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

For more information: 541-567-3024

On her 20th Anniversary with the Hermiston Irrigation District,

 Manager Annette Kirkpatrick works to modernize the district’s century-old system

Hermiston Irrigation District Manager Annette Kirkpatrick celebrates 20 years with the district this week. This milestone is significant for many reasons, not least of which is that Kirkpatrick is one of only two female district managers in Oregon.

Kirkpatrick was originally hired in 2002 and became district manager in 2015. Hermiston Irrigation District serves 1,286 patrons and approximately 10,000 acres of irrigated land in and around Hermiston, providing water to one of the most lucrative agricultural regions in Oregon. Watermelons are a signature crop in the local economy, with approximately 45,000 tons produced annually.

The district’s complex system of feeder canals, ditches and lines dates back to 1906, with much of the infrastructure in need of repair to more efficiently deliver water.

On this issue, Kirkpatrick has been at the forefront, working to modernize the district’s system and improve not only water delivery but also supply. A key project is piping the B-Line, which will save over 2,000 acre-feet of stored water from Cold Springs Reservoir every year.

“The B-Line is such a huge line and serves so many irrigated acres of farmland. Piping that line is going to be a huge water conservation effort,” Kirkpatrick said.

To date, projects that have been realized include upgrading five laterals to pipe, which converted hundreds of acres of land from flood irrigation to sprinkler systems and resulted in significant water savings and efficiency improvements.

In addition, Hermiston Irrigation District participates in the Umatilla Basin Project, agreeing to take Columbia River water in exchange for leaving water in the Umatilla River, restoring instream flows and improving conditions for threatened and endangered fish.

With much of the district’s land intersecting with recent urban development in the Hermiston area, Kirkpatrick is also keenly aware of the need for collaboration and prioritizing what’s in the best interest of the residents and patrons within the region.

In addition to her work for the district, Kirkpatrick serves on the executive board of the Oregon Water Resources Congress, allowing her to represent irrigated agriculture at the state and federal level. She also serves on many local boards and committees.

Currently, she is serving on the City of Hermiston’s Planning Commission in an effort to coordinate the needs of this fast-growing city with the needs of modernizing the irrigation district’s system.

To learn more about the district’s modernization efforts and Kirkpatrick’s work, visit http://hermistonid.org/

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HID will be treating the B-Line with Nautique tomorrow, July 22, 2022.

HID estara tratando las aguas de la D-Line con Nautique manana, Julio 22 del 2022.

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HID will be treating the Maxwell with Nautique tomorrow, July 20, 2022.

HID will be treating the waters of Maxwell with Nautique tomorrow, July 20, 2022.

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D-Line is currently down for repairs today, July 8, 2022 until further notice.

D-line esta actualmente fuera de servicio el dia de hoy 8 de Julio, 2022 hasta nuevo aviso.

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HID will be treating the A-Line with Captain tomorrow Friday, July 8, 2022.

HID estara tratando las aguas del A-line con Captain manana, Julio 8 del 2022.

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HID will be treating the A-Line with Captain on Wednesday June 29, 2022.

HID estara tratando las aguas del A-line el dia Miercoles 29 de Junio, 2022.

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