Updated on Monday April 29, 2019
WATER SEASON UPDATE:
We are getting the canals wet this week. You will start seeing water in the ditches Thursday and Friday of this week. Please call us soon to place your water order and to leave a message for your ditch rider to call you with your rotation schedule information.
Please continue to check our website for updates!
February 7, 2019
Letter from the Manager
We want to thank all of our Water Patrons for your support as we struggle through these drought years. Please continue to review the TeaCup Diagram for the most up to date reservoir levels.
For current TeaCup levels, Click here > > https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/roguetea.html
Update on 2019 water season: 2018 was a rough year for everyone. We were able to get through the season, making complete and full deliveries for as long as we had the water to do so. 2019 water season will still be considered a drought season. By reviewing the TeaCup, you will see that the reservoirs are well below average and without more snow in the mountains; they are likely to stay this way.
In a season of normal operation, RRVID relies on stream flow for the first 1 1/2 to 2 months of the water season. In drought years, we pull from the reservoir storage from day one. This puts a strain on the system. 2019 is looking like we will probably be pulling on the reservoir supply from day one. If that is the case, we may have another short season.
Update on the piping project: RRVID has been working on installing 3.2 miles of 48″ HDPE fusion welded pipe on part of our system between HWY 140 and Antelope Creek. This will put approximately 40 to 42 pounds of pressure to the farm with hopes of eliminating pumping cost. This is the first of what we hope to be, the beginning of modernizing RRVID. So far RRVID has been able to do all of this work through Grant dollars and State funds that we acquired before starting the project.
In closing, let’s continue to hope that we start seeing more snow in our mountains so that our reservoirs continue to fill before Spring and the beginning of water season. Please continue to check back on our website to see the date that water season will begin for 2019 and other important information.
Brian Hampson District Manager/Secretary
Reminder: When water season begins, please call our office at 541-773-6127 to order your water or to find out your rotation schedule. Because this is a drought year, please remember to call and tell us if you do not plan to use your water so that we can conserve as much water as possible.
Thanks for Pipeline Funding
The Rogue River Valley Irrigation District is pleased to report that we have received the needed additional funding from the Oregon Legislature to install the Bradshaw Drop Piping Project. We plan on starting to lay pipe later this year and should be finished in 2019.
We want to especially recognize Rep. Pam Marsh for all the assistance she provided in getting the funding restored after our project’s funding was initially approved but then canceled last year. Rep. Marsh worked tirelessly to help communicate the benefits of the project to the leadership of the Legislature as well as the governor’s office in addition to working across the aisle to reach broad bipartisan support for our project.
We also want to thank the environmental groups, local municipalities and agricultural producer organizations among other various local entities whose support was integral to showing that this project had wide-ranging benefits for Southern Oregon.
Brian Hampson, RRVID District Manager
Bryan Baumgartner, Board President
Larry Martin, Board Member
Gerald May, Board Member
The Board of Directors and Management of the Rogue River Irrigation District are pleased to announce that we have entered into a grant agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation to pipe an approximately 1.2 mile section of the Hopkins Canal from Spring Creek to Antelope Creek. RRVID is also looking to obtain additional grant funding for a connected canal piping project that would allow us to provide pressurized water to our patrons along piped sections of the current Hopkins Canal to Bradshaw Drop. We are also partnering with the Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District (JSWD) to look at opportunities for our patrons to receive assistance in converting from flood to sprinkle irrigation systems. We are excited about the benefits this project will have for our District and its patrons.
For more information click here
View current reservoir levels at the US Bureau of Reclamation Website
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 or more of the property owners, then it is imperative that you contact the District office to update your RRA forms.
The May 2019 Board Meeting will be held at the District office at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday May 7, 2019.
The meetings are open to the public. Please contact the office at least one week in advance if you have something to present to the Board so that we can place you on the agenda. Agenda click here https://www.rrvid.org/board-meeting-agenda/