FID Mission Statement
Farmers Irrigation District strives to promote ecologically, socially, and economically sustainable agriculture by providing energy and irrigation service for the common good.
The District Today
Farmers Irrigation District is located in Hood River, Oregon, in the beautiful, culturally rich Columbia River Gorge. It is a nonprofit government agency founded in 1874. Water is provided to over 5,800 acres of land, both residential and agricultural. The Hood River Valley produces large quantities of high value pears, apples, cherries, and wine grapes
11-16-15 - FID and Partners Celebrate Successful Event
On October 20, 2015 the Farmers Irrigation District celebrated their new 3-megawatt turbine and generator set that replaced two older units. Click here to watch a short video of the announcement and presentation.
10-02-15 - FID Celebrates Completion of Hydropower Project
Please join the Farmers Irrigation District on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 2:30-3:30pm in celebrating our new 3-megawatt turbine and generator set that replaced two older units. The new turbine will generate 12 percent more renewal power and create substantial savings for the district and its customers through reduced operations and maintenance costs. The celebration will take place at the Farmers Irrigation District Plant 2 Power House at 1850 Copper Dam Road, Hood River, Oregon. Access to the site is limited and shuttles will be available. Please click here to read more and to view map and directions.
07-02-15 - FID Moves to Rotation Schedule
The FID Board of Directors have unanimously passed a resolution declaring an emergency authorizing the district to implement water rotation procedures to address drought conditions. FID rotation schedule is essentially a 3.5 day on, 3.5 day off rotation of the Upper and Middle FID Districts that are affected by extremely limited Kingsley Reservoir flows. Click here to download the Rotation Schedule.
06-30-15 - FID Request of all District Users
Farmers Irrigation District is asking that all district water users voluntarily stop watering lawns and any non-essential landscapes for the duration of the summer. FID orchardists and farmers are asking for support in dramatic, voluntary cut-backs in the watering of lawns so that our extremely limited supplies can be focused on critical farms and crops. River flows are the lowest they've been in over 30 years and we need everyone's help. If you see your neighbor overusing or inappropriately using water, please call the FID office at 541-387-5261. We urge your support in not watering lawns this summer.
06-05-15 - Funding Available to Help Oregon Landowners Mitigate Effects of Drought
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon announces up to $2.5 million in funding available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to mitigate the effects of drought in counties that have secured drought declarations from the Governor's Office. Click here to download full article (PDF).
05-18-15 - Irrigation Strategies for Established and New Orchards Read more...
05-06-15 - Cascade Mountain School
Cascade Mountain School is an outdoor science program for middle and high school students based out of the Columbia River Gorge near Hood River, Oregon and Trout Lake, Washington. The summer science school offers seven - to 14-day courses where the outdoors serve as the classroom for students as they learn about climate change, watershed science, sustainable agriculture and more. Cascade Mountain School is a project of the Mt. Adams Institute, a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the connection between people and the natural world. This year we're also offering summer day camps for ages 6-12 including art, nature, farm, and maker camps. To learn more about this year's programs, to register online, or to apply for a scholarship, go to cascademountainschool.org or email email@example.com.
04-17-15 - Drought Alert: 2015 Drought Curtailment Plan
Irrigation season is April 15th to September 30th, and drought impact is projected to strike beginning mid-June or earlier. Accordingly, we'll implement water conservation measures at the very beginning of the season. If it is raining during April and May, we will delay irrigation season startup. This approach could ameliorate, but is not expected to eliminate, the need to implement our 2015 Drought Curtailment Plan. Read full article (PDF).
03-31-15 - Scheduled Irrigation Outage for 2015 Summer
FID has been aggressively upgrading its water delivery system over the last several years. We are happy to report that the job is nearly complete with only a few projects remaining. A tremendous amount of effort, planning, and expense has been made over the years to strictly limit our project construction to times outside of irrigation season so that our patrons are minimally impacted. Read more...
02-12-15 - FID Hydro Equipment For Sale
The Farmers Irrigation District has announced two Francis style turbine generators for sale. Please click here to download the For Sale Flyer. Serious inquiries only.
05-20-14 - Interested in Hydropower?
Click here to read In-Conduit Hydro Opportunities in Existing Water Systems.