Farmers Irrigation District strives to promote ecologically, socially, and economically
sustainable agriculture by providing energy and irrigation service for the common good
System Notification: Irrigation season ends September 30th. Use of District water for irrigation purposes after September 30th is a violation of state law and District policy. Parts of the distribution system may still be watered after September 30th for spray water.
System Notification: FID will completely shutdown the Farmers Canal the week of October 5-9 for system maintenance. Spray water will not be available to Lower Section patrons during this shutdown. If spray water is needed after October 9th, please call the office (541-387-5261) to notify the crew.
Water Supply Notification: All patrons are asked to cut their water use by 50%. The water supply in the reservoirs and all streamflows are extremely low. There is a high probability that the District will run out of water before the end of irrigation season. If voluntary cutbacks are not effective at reducing water demand, non-voluntary measures will need to be taken. Non-voluntary measures include reduction in delivered water pressure and/or closing valves to portions of the District at night on a rotating basis. Expect intermittent outages at night for the rest of the irrigation season.
Demand typically increases at night and is inconsistent, leaving few options for effectively managing the remaining water in the reservoirs. Water released from the reservoirs takes 3 hours to reach the irrigation system. Typically, increases in demand occur quickly, leaving little time to react. Decreasing flows in the irrigation system is the only tool available to quickly react to keep from causing damage to the system due to drained lines and water hammer.
A relatively wet and cool June helped the District early in the irrigation season and put the District in a good position through July. However, very heavy demand from the end of July through August quickly diminished any water supply cushion from earlier in the season. Typically, FID would have sent out a warning letter early in the year, but the issue developed quickly. The District is now in an adaptive management situation and is trying to stretch what water is left through September. Once completed, the reservoir expansion will provide additional stored water to help the District through tight water years, as will improved remote monitoring of flows throughout the District.
The upper reservoir as of 8/31/2020. The upper reservoir will be empty as of 9/1/2020. There are approximately 135 acre-feet left in the lower reservoir, which will need to last for the entire month of September. For this water supply to last, use must be kept to an average of 4.5 acre-feet per day (2.25 cfs). Typical use in later July and early August was 14 acre-feet per day (7 cfs).
The FID Office will be closed until further notice. La officina esta cerrada.
For payments: Credit cards can be processed over the phone (541-387-5261). Checks and cash can be delivered through the mail slot or mailed (1985 Country Club Road, Hood River, OR 97031). Los pagos por la aberturo de la puerta y pagos por internet (541-387-5261).
Thank you for your cooperation! Gracias!
System Notification: The delivery system should be charged. If you do not have water, check that your filter is clean and your valve is open before contacting the office.
If repairs are needed, FID asks that patrons be patient as the District is operating with limited staff and under modified procedures to protect the health and safety of both staff and the public.
Only call the emergency line for serious breaks or other actual emergencies. Lack of water is not an emergency.
COVID Notification: District staff require distancing to safely do their work. The crew will be out regularly to work on the system, open/close valves, manage PRVs, etc. FID expects patrons and the community to respect their space and maintain at least 6-foot distancing at all times.
4-22-20 Kingsley Reservoir Expansion Project to Begin
FID's contractor is anticipated to begin work on the Kingsley Reservoir Expansion Project soon. This project will raise the Upper Green Point Dam by 11 feet and almost double the storage capacity in the Upper Kingsley Reservoir, thereby improving water reliability for FID patrons in coming years. Construction work is expected to take all summer and fall. Remember that the area around the Kingsley Reservoir is CLOSED to the public until 2021.
1-30-20 FID Manager Speaking at Upcoming Event
FID Manager Les Perkins and Hood River Watershed Group Coordinator Cindy Thieman will lead the February 19th Sense of Place to discuss the history, use, and restoration of the Hood River Watershed. Learn more about the event here.
11-8-19 Grants Available for Irrigation Upgrades
The Hood River Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) has $100,000 in OWEB grant funding available and is now accepting applications from landowners for projects that improve watershed health, including on-farm irrigation system upgrades. If you're planning to upgrade your system in the next 2-3 years, contact the SWCD today. Learn more about this grant opportunity here.
10-10-19 Columbia Insight Article Provides Update on Kingsley Reservoir Expansion
The Kingsley Reservoir expansion project was not implemented this past year due to permitting delays. Learn more about the project and its implementation here.
9-4-19 Funding Available for Irrigation System and Other On-farm Improvements
Two funding opportunities are currently available to FID's patrons. The OWEB Small Grant program has up to $15,000 for landowners to upgrade irrigation systems, fence livestock out of streams, or do other on-the-ground restoration projects. Contact Kris at the Hood River SWCD for more information. Hood River's local NRCS office has funding to help landowners with thinning and fuels reduction projects, smudge pot removal, or creation of beneficial insect habitat. Contact NRCS District Conservationist Carly at 541-352-1037 for more information.
9-3-19 Upcoming Meetings
Join the Hood River Watershed Group on September 24th at 6pm at OSU Extension to learn about recent habitat restoration efforts in the West Fork Hood River. Learn more about this meeting or future Watershed Group meetings here.
8-27-19 FID Partners with Hood River SWCD on Conservation Innovation Grant
The Hood River SWCD, Hood River Watershed Group, and Farmers Irrigation District will be working together to improve pollinator habitat along FID's pipelines. The partners were recently awarded an NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to conduct a pilot project along FID's recently replaced North Green Point Pipeline, which will replace invasive weeds with native pollinator habitat. Based on the results of the pilot project, these partners hope to scale up efforts to the rest of FID's district and throughout the West. Learn about the grant award here.
8-5-2019 FID's Davenport Screen featured in news article
Check out our latest article here.
7-24-19 FID's Hydropower System Featured on Tour and in Article
International hydropower professionals were recently toured through FID's system to learn about our irrigation modernization efforts and in-conduit hydropower system upgrades. Read the article here.
7-17-19 FID Featured in Journal Article Evaluating the Farmers Screen
FID's Davenport Farmers Screen was used as a test site for a new mode of evaluating safe fish passage. This study, published in the Marine and Freshwater Research journal, confirmed that the Farmers Screen provides safe downstream fish passage. Click here to read the study.
12-19-18 Hydro Profits Fuel Irrigation Upgrades on Western Farmer-Stockman Website
Author Roberr Waggener posted an article in July 2018 on the Western Farmer-Stockman website regarding Farmers Irrigation District's hydropower systems. Click here to read full article.
12-19-18 - Irrigation Upgrades Article on Western Farmer-Stockman Website
Author Roberr Waggener posted an article in July 2018 on the Western Farmer-Stockman website regarding Farmers Irrigation District's irrigation upgrades. Click here to read full article.
06-22-18 Project Updates
Click here to go to our Projects page and read about our recently completed projects.
06-20-18 - Irrigation Screen Noted in Gorge Magazine Article
Writer and photographer David Hanson delves into the story of what came after, when a few enterprising Hood Riverites used the catastrophe as an opportunity to build a better mousetrap in the form of an innovative irrigation screen. That effort has completely changed the irrigation scene in the Hood River Valley and is now poised to help reshape irrigation and water use throughout the western U.S. Click here to read full article.
04-05-18 - FID Featured in EnviroGorge Article about the recent changes at the Kingsley Reservoir
Dac Collins, Managing Editor of EnviroGorge, posted an article on the EnviroGorge website regarding Farmers Irrigation District's recent work on the Kingsley Reservoir and managing water usage for Hood River Valley customers. Click here to read more...
Throughout the area in which Farmers Irrigation District (FID) operates public traffic and activities that encroach on FID’s easements, property, and infrastructure are becoming a serious concern to FID’s operations and safety.Consequently, until further notice “No Trespassing” signs will be posted on FID property where a concern for public safety and protection of sensitive infrastructure is mandated. Specifically, FID plans to post signs on its dams, spillways, canal banks, pipelines, bridges, power plants, and water diversions. Of particular concern to FID is Kingsley Reservoir dams and spillways. Due to growing public safety concerns, costs, and responsibility associated with dam maintenance and repair, FID has closed all traffic on Upper and Lower Kingsley Reservoir dams and spillways until further notice. Violation of these “No Trespassing” restrictions can result in criminal prosecution and fines in excess of $1,000 per occurrence.