The main canal is 3/4 full. Ditch Riders are starting to release water down the laterals. Water users that are on open ditches need to walk the water down to ensure that the water doesn’t get blocked, by debris, and flood someone out. It is the responsibility of all water users on that lateral to ensure this happens. Communicate with your neighbor. This is the key for having a successful water season.
Private pipelines points of contact have been notified that they can start water.
All Three mile gravity systems are running. East Ridge, Ridge Road, Three mile, Ambrose and North Ridge .
WATER START UP
The district has parts that are on order for siphon one. Parts are due in today 4/23/08. The parts have to be installed prior to water start up. After the parts are installed the siphons, one and two, have to be leaked checked. Providing everything checks out fine we should start flushing the canal the first part of next week being 04/28/08 again that is approximately. If there are further developments on, water start up, they will be posted on the Ditch News Page. Weather played a major factor this year on water start up. Como lake still has ice on it as of yesterday 4/22/08 and not much inflow as of yet.
BIG DITCH MEETING
To water users with rights from the bitter root irrigation district
An informational public meeting will be held on April 23rd at 7pm at the Bitterroot River Inn in Hamilton for the purpose of discussing the proposed rebuild of the pipe one siphon that crosses the bitter root river in the lick creek area, south of Hamilton.
This is a major construction project for the irrigation district. The district strongly encourages all water users on the big ditch to attend this meeting. The focus of this meeting will be to discuss the importance of this rebuild as well as what the time frame may be for this project & possible financial projections for the entire construction works. Your participation at this meeting is very appreciated & of utmost importance.
BRID AWARDED A MATCHING GRANT
BRID has recently applied for and received a matching grant from the Bureau of Reclamation for a lining project that will save 530 acre-feet of water in an irrigation season.
BRID is committed to improving its canal system through targeted lining projects, BRID proposes to line approximately 1,000 feet of the main canal near Coyote Siphon with a geo membrane liner to reduce water leakage and seepage, prevent erosion and conserve approximately 530.21 acre feet of water per year The lining project should be completed in time for the upcoming 2008 irrigation season
BRID AWARDED A NON-MATCHING GRANT
BRID has been awarded a Non-Matching Planning Grant from Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for a Replacement study on Siphon 1.
The project entails a planning study with a report to determine the best course of action with regards to the replacement of the main canal siphon crossing the Bitterroot River.
The study will provide the following information:
1) an estimate of the remaining life of the existing Siphon 1.
2) New siphon replacement alternatives with environmental consequences.
3) A preliminary cost for the siphon replacement.
4) An estimated construction time required for the replacement.