Public Notice

Water on County Roads is Prohibited per Oregon Revised Statute

Umatilla County Planning Media Release

 368.256 Creation of Road Hazard Prohibited. (1) Except as authorized by the county governing body, an owner or lawful occupant of land shall not allow:

      (a) Any water to overflow, seep or otherwise discharge from that land onto a public road under county jurisdiction including, but not limited to, water that is passing over the land, diverted from the land by an obstruction on the land, flowing from the land because of rainfall or discharged from an irrigation sprinkler or other device.

      (b) Any structure, tree, drainage way, soil deposit or other natural or man-made thing on that land to present a danger to or create a hazard for the public traveling on a public road or facilities within the right of way of the public road by obstructing, hanging over or otherwise encroaching or threatening to encroach in any manner on a public road that is under county jurisdiction.

      (2) A person is not in violation of this section if there is no reasonable method for the person to control, stop or remove the cause of the violation. [1981 c.153 §27]


Click the link below to review the entire Oregon Revised Statute 368 regarding : General Provisions for County Roads, Highways, Bridges & Ferries

April 10 Water Update

Water is on its way.

The A Line is fully charged: The A Line is the main delivery lateral that runs East to West, from Cold Springs Reservoir to Feedville Rd.

We are now flushing the Maxwell Canal. The Maxwell is our second largest delivery lateral. It runs West to East., from Feedville Rd to Ott Rd.

Westside: The H & I Lines are charged.

Eastdside: The B, G and LA Lines are charged, along with parts of the L Line. (There was a blowout on the L Line late last night. It is being repaired)

Start-Up Update 4/9/2018

Manager Kirkpatrick spent the weekend chasing tumbleweeds and keeping the A Line clear as we flushed the main line. The crew will be busy with last minute maintenance projects, burning and spraying today. We will now begin charging the rest of the system starting with the B Line. We will keep you posted as other canals and lines are charged throughout the 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.

Water Report for February 26, 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.

Eastern Oregon Ag Summit

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