HID would like to express our sincerest congratulations to West Extension Irrigation District’s Manager Bev Bridgewater and Newton Consultants founder David Newton both of which were announced as the newest inductees to the Royal Order of Water Buffalos at the Oregon Water Resources Congress Annual Conference Banquet on November 30, 2016. This honor is bestowed upon individuals who have spent decades managing, engineering and advocating for water resources.
Rain or Shine the Field Crew continues to make great strides on the Feed Canal Improvement Project. Crews and equipment can be seen working in Echo, Stanfield and Hermiston. We are pleased at the progress we are making and our timeline.
The 26 mile Feed Canal was originally constructed in 1906-1907 and it was enlarged from 1913-1917. The Feed Canal runs from the Feed Canal Diversion Dam 2 miles South of Echo on the Umatilla River and generally runs northwest along the Umatilla River about 8 miles, then northeast to Cold Springs Reservoir.
HID has a 50,000 acre foot water right entitlement and November 2nd is the first day that HID is authorized to either exchange or divert water for Cold Springs Reservoir. HID must be ready, willing and able to divert water from the Umatilla River by that day and we plan to meet that goal.
The end of irrigation season marks the beginning of maintenance season for our field crew. You will see lots of activity at the head end of the Feed Canal as we prepare to be ready, willing and able to take water to Cold Springs Reservoir.
The 2016 Season has come to an end. The A-Line and Maxwell were shut off this morning. There is still water in the canals that needs to drain out. Our crew will now start their winter maintenance projects.
Don’t forget to Winterize your systems!
Use of Reclamation Water or Facilities for Activities Prohibited by the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.