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2010 News

LAST DAY OF BRID WATER

The districts irrigation season will end on or near September 6, 2010. 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.

UPDATE ON WATER SEASON

Como Lake stopped spilling on Tuesday July 6, 2010. The irrigation season looks to be an average season pending weather and unforeseen problems with the canal. Basic rule of thumb is once the Como Lake stops spilling the District normally has 60 days of water. Just a reminder once the Lake stops spilling the District is on BASIC WATER…


ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Annual Board Meeting will be held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held at the District office which is located on 1182 Lazy J lane. The Web page has direction to the office.

SIPHON TWO REPAIR

The main canal was shut down May 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM. The canal will be down for 18 to 24 hours to replace a 3” gate valve. The main canal has to be shut down and the siphon has to be drained to make the repair. Water should be restored late Wednesday to Thursday pending any further findings.


WATER UPDATE

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.
The following Three mile gravity system pipe lines are charged and ready to be used:

1. Three mile pipeline system
2. East Ridge pipeline
3. 94

The maintenance crew is working on Ambrose pipeline and 95 system today and Ridge line tomorrow.

THE DISTRICT IS ON BASIC WATER

WATER START UP APRIL 27, 2010

The district plans on starting water on Tuesday April 27, 2010. The water from Como Lake takes approximately four days to reach the end of the canal. Pending location, on the main canal, this can take four to ten days to receive your water. Make sure your last minute maintenance items are completed prior to water delivery. 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.

Just a reminder due to lack of precipitation at this time, it is the intent of the Board of Commissioners as well as the Manager to implement “Basic Water” for all users at the beginning of the irrigation season and to continue throughout the season as warranted by precipitation levels.
Siphon One Progress Report


The photo below is the new inlet structure. The project is 95 percent complete. The trash rack and reclamation work is all that is left for the substantial completion inspection. Final inspection is on the April 15, 2010.
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WATER OUTLOOK

As of March 23, 2010 Lake Como elevation is currently at 4214.4. We will need approximately 26,750 acre feet of water to fill the lake. Snowpack is at 52% of normal. We are concerned with the spring snowpack, and are hoping it will be a wet spring and summer to allow for a successful irrigation season. Due to lack of precipitation at this time, it is the intent of the Board of Commissioners as well as the Manager to implement “Basic Water” for all users at the beginning of the irrigation season and to continue throughout the season as warranted by precipitation levels.


SIPHON ONE PHASE ONE PROGRESS REPORT

Work began on Siphon one Phase one the end of October. LS Jensen was awarded the contract and started with the removal of the old inlet structure and then preceded with removal of 850 feet of the 100 year old siphon pipe. LS Jensen has started with the installation of the new sections of pipe. The Project is on schedule however, weather is always a factor.

Bitter Root Irrigation District received monies from the following agencies:

• Water Resources Development Act (WRDA)
$500,000.00
• FY 2010 Appropriations
$339,000.00
• Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Grant program
$100,000.00 Grant
• Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Loan program
$508,000.00 Bond