Aug 23
Aug 7
Aug 6
Jul 14
Jul 1
Jun 20
May 28
May 2
Apr 23
Apr 9
Jan 22
Jan 22
LAST DAY OF BRID WATER

The districts irrigation season will end on or near September 15, 2008. This of course pending any unforeseen problems with the canal. The district will start Fall and Winter maintenance after the closure of the season. This has been a great water season for the district.

DITCH REPAIR

The ditch repair has been made and water start up is already in progress. The District should have water to BRID water users by late Friday or Saturday. Sorry for the inconvenience.

DITCH REPAIR

The canal will be shut down to repair a leak that occurred 1:00 PM August 5, 2008. The District will try and have water turned back on by noon August 6, 2008. Please stayed posted for further updates.
THE START OF BASIC WATER

Starting Monday July 14, 2008 BRID is starting Basic water. What this means to water users is that Lake Como has 60 days of water left. The ditch riders will be monitoring how much water the users are using. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY IRRIGATED ACRES YOU HAVE PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE OR ASK YOUR DITCH RIDER FOR THIS INFORMATION. This is valuable information that will prevent a lot of confusion and frustration.

REMEMBER Bitter Root Irrigation District is 1/2 inch per irrigated acre. Basic rule of thumb is one sprinkler per irrigated acre. If you have questions please call the office or talk to your Ditch Rider.

Lake Como

Como Lake started spilling on June 23, 2008 at 9:30 AM. Given the weather conditions the spill should last until the middle of July. However, please stay posted to Ditch News to see if there are any changes that may occur.

Once Como stops spilling water, the District will be on BASIC WATER. What this means to water users is that Lake Como has 60 days of water left. The ditch riders will be monitoring how much water the users are using. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY IRRIGATED ACRES YOU HAVE PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE OR ASK YOUR DITCH RIDER FOR THIS INFORMATION. This is valuable information that will prevent a lot of confusion and frustration.

REMEMBER Bitter Root Irrigation District is 1/2 inch per irrigated acre. Basic rule of thumb is one sprinkler per irrigated acre. If you have questions please call the office or talk to your Ditch Rider.

Noxious weed spraying

Attention Landowners:

Mountain Valley Plant Management will start spraying Monday, June 23. The area to be treated is Beat 3 starting in the Dry Gulch area working south to the Burnt Fork structure. If you would like more information please call Bitter Root Irrigation District 961-1182 or Ravalli County Weed District 777-5842.

Noxious Weed Spraying

Attention Landowners:

Over the next few weeks, as part of a noxious weed and woody vegetation management plan, the Bitterroot Irrigation District and Mountain Valley Plant Management will be making an effort to control noxious weeds by making an herbicide application on the right of way next to the irrigation ditch that runs through your property, the section from Burnt Fork to Dry Gulch.

You will not be charged for the application, if you would like to perform the work your self please contact the Ravalli County Weed District at 777-5842 and they can help you set up a five year weed plan for your property. The Ravalli County Weed District can provide technical assistance and information about the plan requirements.

The products being used to treat the noxious weeds are Milestone, Cimmaron and Surfactant.

If you have questions on where the treatment is taking place you can look on the Districts home web page (click on Map of Ditch). The treatment is taking place on Beat Three from Burnt Fork structure north to the Eagle Watch area. Dates will be announced on the web page prior to treatment.

The District is required to maintain the ditch and * MCA 7-22-2116 (1) requires that noxious weeds not be allowed to grow and produce seed.

If you would like more information about this project please contact the Ravalli County Weed District at 777-5842 or the Bitterroot Irrigation District 961-1182

WATER INFORMATION

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.
2008 News