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2012 News
Last day of irrigation water

The District will be shutting down the irrigation canal Thursday, September 20, 2012 time 8:00AM. This pending any unforeseen problems with the canal.


Siphon One Repaired

Siphon one was repaired this morning. The District started water from Como Lake at 11:30 AM August 23, 2012. If the District doesn’t encounter any further problems it will take a couple of days to build the ditch backup to full capacity. Thanks for your patients.
















Sep 11
Aug 23
Siphon One Down for repairs

Siphon One will be down for repairs. We anticipate the siphon should be down for 48 to 72 hours. The District won’t know the extent of the repairs until the siphon drains. Please stay posted for updates.
Aug 22
Jul 17
Jun 1



BASIC WATER

Como Lake stopped spilling on Monday, July 16, 2012. Basic rule of thumb is once the Como Lake stops spilling the District normally has 60 days of water pending weather and unforeseen problems with the canal. Just a reminder once the Lake stops spilling the District is on BASIC WATER…


Annual Meeting

BITTER ROOT IRRIGATION DISTRICT ANNUAL MEETING
Tuesday June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM
The meeting will be held at the District office
Address, 1182 Lazy J lane Corvallis, MT
The meeting will be held in the Quonset hut behind the office

AGENDA

1. Power Point presentation
• District update
• Ditch Rider Responsibilities
2. Status of Siphon one Phase 2
3. Water Outlook
4. Questions
5. Closing Remarks



Siphon Two Repaired

Siphon two was repaired late last night. The District started water from Como Lake at 6:30 AM May 24, 2012. If the District doesn’t encounter any further problems it will take a couple of days to build the ditch backup to full capacity. Thanks for your patients.
May 24

Siphon Two Down For Repairs

Siphon Two will be down for repairs. The users between Como lake and Skalkaho creek will not have water. The District will be using Skalkaho water to try and maintain minimal flows between Skalkaho creek and Burnt Fork Creek. Pending Burnt Fork water runoff, this may not affect the users North of Burnt Fork. The District won’t know the extent of the repairs until the siphon drains. Please check back later for further details.
May 22

Ridgeline Gravity System Down

The Ridgeline gravity system was shut down this morning for a repair. The water will be restored tomorrow morning. The District will keep you posted on any new findings. The location is in the Three mile area.
May 14

Future Farmers of America

The Future Farmers of America (FFA) toured Como Lake on May 10, 2012. The class learned about irrigation and how vital it is to the Bitterroot Valley. It was a pleasure visiting with these young men and women. THANK YOU FFA!
May 10

Water Update

The following Three mile gravity system pipe lines are charged and ready to be used;
1. East Ridge pipeline
2. 94
3. Ridgeline
4. Three mile pipeline
5. Ambrose pipeline
Crew will be working on 95 tomorrow
May 3
May 2

Siphon Two Repaired

Siphon two is repaired. The District started water at 10:00 AM Tuesday May 2, 2012. Water will take 48 to 72 hours to reach all areas.
The following Three mile gravity system pipe lines are charged and ready to be used;
1. East Ridge pipeline
2. 94
3. Ridgeline
Crew is working on Three mile pipe line today

Status of Siphon Two

Pending any further problems the district plans on starting water backup in the main canal Tuesday morning. Also, the crew will resume filling the Three mile gravity system pipelines Tuesday. The pictures below show the events that took place over the weekend.
Apr 30

Siphon Two Repair

Siphon Two will be down for repairs. The users between Como lake and Skalkaho creek will not have water. The District will be using Skalkaho water to try and maintain minimal flows between Skalkaho creek and Burnt Frok Creek. This should not effect the users North of Burnt Fork. The District won’t know the extent of the repairs until the siphon drains. Please stay posted for updates.
Apr 29
Apr 27

Water Update

As of yesterday, 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. East Ridge pipeline
2. 94
3. Ridgeline
Crew is working on Three mile pipe line today

Water Start Up April 23, 2012

The district plans on starting water on Monday April 23, 2012. 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. Communicate with your neighbor. This is the key for having a successful water season.

WATER START UP

Folks it’s that time of year. Time to start looking at your laterals to ensure they are clean. Lateral maintenance from the main canal to the point of delivery is the responsibility of the users of the laterals. Water will not be delivered to laterals that have not been properly maintained.
Snow pack is about 107 percent of average. We don’t have a date set in stone for water start up however, we are looking at the latter half of April. Maintenance and weather are key factors. The date for water start up will be posted on Ditch News.

Public Meeting

The regular monthly Board of Commissioners meeting for the Bitter Root Irrigation District will be held on February 14, 2012 at the office located at 1182 Lazy J lane in Corvallis, MT. at 11:00AM, a public meeting will be open to discuss and receive public comment on the Siphon one Phase two construction project. For questions or concerns, call the District office at 961-1182.
Feb 7
Mar 27
Apr 10