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
12-17-13 - FID and Tribal Cooperation to Help Restore and Protect Lamprey
In 2009, preliminary data was collected in the Hood River downstream of Powerdale Dam at River Kilometer (Rkm) 6.6 to develop a juvenile lamprey distribution map prior to dam removal. Lack of adequate passage facilities at Powerdale Dam was believed to have eradicated lampreys from areas upstream. In 2011, The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWSRO) began a multiple year feasibility project -- Determine Status and Limiting Factors of Pacific Lamprey, Entosphenus tridentatus, in Fifteenmile Creek and Hood River Subbasins, Oregon -- intended to develop a monitoring protocol for adult lamprey and the potential for re-colonization of the Hood River Subbasin. Read more...
10-11-13 - New Case Study Released on Hydropower Generation Potential Within Existing Irrigation Infrastructure Read complete article and case study at farmerscreen.org/study/
09-30-13 - 2013 Irrigation Season Officially Ends
Per state law, irrigation season in the Hood River Basin stretches from April 15th to September 30th. With the end of irrigation season, FID contractors have commenced construction on the Farmers Canal Pipeline project. Farmers Canal Pipeline construction will stretch from October 1st to November 1st, with substantial cleanup activities occurring November through December, bringing FID's hydropower season into full swing. During construction, FID spray water supply may be impacted in your area. Read more...
09-05-13 - User Group Q&A - August/September 2013
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06-26-13 - FID Teams with University of Oregon, Landscape Architecture to Development Sediment Management Research Click here to download the PDF file.
06-13-13 - Water Conservation Serves Us All
Even when much of the economy is faltering, irrigated agriculture remains one of the largest economic engines in the Western U.S. Water conservation measures are part of that success and something we are very proud of.
For the 17 Western states alone, the total household income impacts derived from the irrigated agriculture industry, which is made up of direct irrigated crop production, agricultural services, and the food processing and packaging sectors, is estimated to be about $128 billion annually. Supplying a safe and reliable supply of our nation's food, feed, fuel and fiber, while remaining globally competitive is a large, but realistic goal for our nation's agricultural producers.
Efficiently irrigating crops is not only part of this solution, but it also responsibly uses one of our nation's most valued natural resources: water.
Thanks to all FID patrons who do their part to help us conserve water!
04-05-13 - Irrigation Status Update
01-29-13 - FID Featured in January 2013 Irrigation Leader Magazine
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