HID plans to start releasing water from Cold Springs in the next 24 hours. We will begin charging the system and if all goes well we hope to have water to everyone by the end of next week.
Hermiston Irrigation District plans to start charging its system on Monday, April 9, 2018 in preparation of the 2018 Irrigation Season. It takes approximately one week to get water through the entire system. We are no longer taking orders for new deliveries or winter maintenance repairs. If you are on a flood delivery, new schedules will be mailed out around April 1, 2018. For questions, please contact our office at 541-567-3024.
HID has completed its 2018 Agricultural Water Management and Conservation Plan. Copies are available at the District office for review. Comments may be sent in care of the District Manager and must be received by April 4, 2018.
HID has 24,770 af in Cold Springs Reservoir and 17,290 af in Exchange Credits, for a Total so far of 42,060 af or 84% of our water for the 2018 season. If the Umatilla River stays up we should have our full entitlement within 25 days.
The field crew is installing safety fencing around the head end of the A-Line, preparing and installing new deliveries, repairing rotating screens, monitoring/inspecting the Feed Canal and preparing for a federal inspection.
HID will be closed Monday, February 19, 2018 in observance of President’s Day
We encourage Oregon Water Coalition members and interested parties to consider attending the Eastern Oregon Ag Summit, which will be hosted by Portland-based law firm Dunn Carney. OWC is a participating organization, and regional water resources issues will be a special focus of the event. More information from Dunn Carney is below:
In response to demand for regionally-focused information about legal trends and issues affecting Eastern Oregon’s agriculture industry, Oregon law firm Dunn Carney will host an Eastern Oregon Ag Summit in Pendleton on Friday, February 23, 2018 from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton.
The free, half-day conference will include panel discussions and presentations by industry leaders from around the region, as well as members of the Dunn Carney Ag Team, who provide farmers, ranchers, processors and retailers with annual updates on regulatory developments, legal issues, and best practices in the agriculture industry. Continental breakfast is included. Register online at dunncarney.com
Oregon Water Coalition will host a water rights workshop led by staff from the Oregon Water Resources Department on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:15pm at the Hermiston Conference Center.
This workshop will provide an overview of water rights terms and concepts. It is intended for those would like to gain a basic, foundational knowledge on the topic.
Email Marika@OregonWaterCoalition.org to RVSP.
ANNUAL MEETING & WATER RIGHTS WORKSHOP
JANUARY 23, 2018
Oregon Water Coalition will host its 2018 Annual Meeting and conference from 7:30am-12pm on January 23, 2018 at the Hermiston Agricultural & Research Extension Center. The half-day event will feature updates on local water issues as well as a two hour “water rights bootcamp” led by attorney Laura A Schroeder of Schroeder Law Offices. You can view the agenda here and you can RSVP here. To learn more, email Marika, firstname.lastname@example.org.