A special board meeting will be held Friday, September 25, 2020 at 7:45 am via teleconference, to discuss the 2020 irrigation season shut off date. The call in number is 1-717-275-8940 the passcode is 4103052#
September 15, 2020
From: North Unit Irrigation District
To: North Unit Irrigation District Waterusers
Subject: September 15, 2020 Water Supply Update and Modified Operations
Just last week, as noticed in the Madras Pioneer, the District was optimistic it would not need to implement modified operations for the balance of the 2020 irrigation season. Unfortunately, supply conditions have changed dramatically in a matter of days that will require the district to once again implement modified operations similar to those in September 2018.
The district anticipates the Crooked River and Deschutes River flows will taper off beginning this week/weekend resulting in insufficient supplies to maintain the delivery system and the drawdown of Haystack Reservoir. As a result of these diminished supplies on Tuesday, September 22 the District will temporarily shut down deliveries to all patrons. Water Orders will be taken until Sunday, September 20 for delivery on Monday, September 21.
Minimal flows will remain in the delivery system to keep the system “primed” but with no deliveries. On Friday, October 2 the District anticipates Haystack to be filling/full again, picking up the additional natural flow in the Deschutes River. The District believes this action will allow for another week or more of irrigation beginning on or about Saturday, October 3. The District will begin taking water orders again on Friday, October 2 with anticipated deliveries on Saturday, October 3. The District wants to remind patrons that the above operations are subject to ongoing review of supply conditions.
The District cannot emphasize enough that water only be used as necessary and not simply because water remains in a water users account. In 2018, following a similar announcement, irrigation demand increased dramatically. If that occurs during this effort it will cause the district to run out of water sooner and take longer to get the system recharged for an early October restart date. The District also discourages the marketing of water to other patrons who have used their allotment. Everyone’s cooperation is needed to extend the season.
Please contact the district office should you have any questions.
NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of North Unit Irrigation District will be conducting their monthly board meeting on September 8, 2020 at 7:00pm at the District office. To view a copy of the meeting agenda, please go to www.northunitid.com.
The September 8, 2020 Board Meeting was changed to 8:30 am due to COVID-19 social distancing measures.
August 10, 2020
Water Supply Update
On July 1, 2020, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-31 declaring a drought emergency in Jefferson, Crook, and Deschutes counties. The drought declaration cites dry conditions, low snowpack, lack of precipitation, and forecasted water supplies that are not expected to improve. Regionally, some of the lowest storage levels recorded in area reservoirs along with continued hot and dry weather, have only exacerbated the supply conditions. According to the U.S. drought monitor, portions of the tri-counties area are currently in a state of severe to extreme drought.
Last month, the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) estimated Arnold (AID) and Lone Pine (LPID) Irrigation Districts would be out of natural river flow and possibly stored water, before the end of the 2020 irrigation season. AID and LPID will likely be out of water beginning next week. Last week, OWRD released an updated Deschutes Basin Storage Report for the period of July 16 – 31. The second half of July proved to be worse than OWRD anticipated with natural flow being extremely low. As a result, four districts (AID, LPID, Tumalo ID, and North Unit ID) are all relying on stored water at this time.
NUID has and continues to monitor supply conditions very closely. That said, given supply forecasts, the district could potentially see modified operations, similar to 2018, as we enter into the fall irrigation season.
The outlook for basin irrigators could change if other districts that hold senior priority dates reduce the amount of water they are diverting. Changes in regional weather (cooler, wetter) patterns could also benefit basin irrigators going into the final days of the irrigation season. On September 15, natural flow rates for irrigation diverters on the Deschutes River system change, making portions of natural flow water available for junior water right holders. Further, on October 1, Central Oregon ID will shut off to begin construction on a large pipeline project. That shut off will allow NUID to carry on with normal district operations and deliveries into October.
The NUID board and management appreciates all the efforts our patrons have made to conserve water. We thank you in advance for your understanding during this exceedingly difficult season.
Photo credit to Marisa Hossick
The Board of Directors of the North Unit Irrigation District will hold their Regular Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Madras Municipal Airport 2028 NW Berg Dr, Madras, OR 97741. Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, in-person attendance is allowed with strict limitations.
Please contact the District Finance Manager at least 48 hours prior to the meeting time by phone at (541) 475-3625 or by email at email@example.com for persons interested in attending the meeting. Any submissions to the board of directors can be made in writing to the district within 48 hours of the board meeting. The agenda for this meeting will be posted on the District’s website at www.northunitid.com prior to the board meeting.
The health and safety of our customers, employees, and the others we serve is of the utmost importance. As an organization, we are closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus and its potential impact across our service area. Following the Oregon Health Authority and Center for Disease Control recommendations, North Unit Irrigation District will be closing its office to the public for in-person services starting Monday, March 23, 2020. The closure will remain in effect until such time that appropriate conditions and measures are in place to ensure public health and safety.
Although the district office will be closed to the public, office staff will still be available to answer questions via telephone at 541.475.3625 and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In-person meetings are available on a very limited basis and by appointment only. Please contact the district office at 541.475.3625 to schedule an appointment.
For customers wishing to make payments:
• A locked drop box will be available at the main entrance to the district office (2024 NW Beech St., Madras) for payments and other correspondence needing district attention.
• Pay by phone with a credit card by contacting the district office at 541.475.3625.
• Pay by e-check or credit card on-line at www.northunitid.com. Click on the blue “Pay Online” button in the top righthand corner of the webpage and follow the instructions for payment.
(E-check and credit card payments are subject to transaction fees)
For customers wishing to submit RRA forms and other correspondence:
• Completed RRA forms and other correspondence needing district attention can be deposited in the locked drop box located at the main entrance to the district office.
• On a temporary basis completed and signed RRA forms can also be submitted via fax to 541.475.3905 or by email to email@example.com.
Currently, the district does not anticipate any interruptions to field operations or irrigation deliveries for the 2020 irrigation season.
District contact info:
Telephone: 541.475.3625 Fax: 541.475.3905
Address: 2024 NW Beech Street, Madras, OR, 97741
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times.
At the regular North Unit Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting held on March 10, 2020 the board of directors set a tentative 2020 irrigation season start date for April 8. Priming of the system will begin on or around April 1 with farm deliveries anticipated being available on April 8. In addition, the board reviewed current weather and water supply conditions and have set a water allotment of 1.25 acre-feet per acre for Deschutes River water right lands and .60 acre-feet per acre for Crooked River water right lands. The district will continue to monitor weather and supply conditions throughout the season to determine whether adjustments to the allotment are warranted.
Photo credit to Marisa Hossick of the Deschutes River Conservancy