2014 WATER SEASON
The tentative start date for the 2014 water season is April 15, 2014
To all water patrons,
As you are aware, this water year has been extremely dry and at this point it is one of the driest years on record and shortages are a possibility. Rogue River Valley Irrigatin District is optimistic that we will still have a few more good storms coming through the valley that can change our current supply for the better.
RRVID was able to carry over approximately 3,200 A.F. in Emigrant from last year, but we were not so fortunate to be able to do the same in Fishlake and Fourmile Reservoirs. Both Fishlake and Fourmile require snow pack to fill and as of right now we are only 31% of normal which means these two reservoirs will not fill this year.
RRVID staff and Board of Directors have a constant watch on the snow pack, precipitation and reservoir supply. As we firm up and stabilize, that is when the decisions will be made concerning whether cut backs or allotment changes are necessary.
Once the season starts we are asking that all water users do everything possible to conserve as much water as they can. This means keeping in touch with our district staff as to irrigation needs and letting staff know when you are done irrigating so we can get the water moved to the next user. Do not run water off and keep delivery ditches clean and free from debris to move water more efficiently. Keep sprinkler nozzles in good condition and replace worn nozzles with new ones. Move wheel lines and hand lines more often than every 12 hours and do not overgraze pastures.
If we all do our part, RRVID feels that we can still have a successful 2014 irrigation season.
Good luck and lets all work together!
ONCE ROTATIONS ARE SET THEY WILL BE ENFORCED AND STRICTLY ADHERED TO.
RECLAMATION REFORM ACT
Any water user who owns and/or leases irrigated land totaling 40.1 or more acres west of the Mississippi River must annually (or more often) file RRA forms with the District office prior to receiving irrigation water. If your landholdings change in any way during the irrigation season, which includes, but not limited to: moving your property into a trust or the passing of one our more of the property owners, it is imperative that you contact the District office to update your RRA forms.
All water orders need to be placed by calling the District office at 541-773-6127. The District office is open to receive water orders from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday thru Friday. On nights and weekends, water users can leave non-emergency messages on the answering machine. If you have any questions about your schedule please call the office.
For after-hours emergencies the phone number to call is 541-770-0250. The emergency answering service will contact the District’s emergency response person.
MONTHLY BOARD MEETING
The April 2014 Board Meeting will be held at the Rogue River Valley Irrigation District at 1:30 pm, on Wednesday April 23, 2014. The meetings are open to the public, if you have something to present to the Board, please contact the Office at least one week in advance in order to be placed on the agenda.