Newsletter - May 2011

05-09-11 - Notice to Middle District Water Users
Back in the 1960s, in an attempt to address chronic irrigation water shortages in the Middle District service area, a facility was installed to pump 5 cfs of supplemental water (under Certificate 74304) from Farmers Canal up to the main Middle District canal (Lowline Canal) on Kingsley Road. This pump facility added water to the Kenwood Drive, Portland Drive, Markham Road, Reed Road, Golf Course, and Country Club Road service areas and provided some limited relief from the ongoing shortfalls. By the 1995 irrigation season, however, the Middle District was fully enclosed in pressure pipe, and it became physically impossible to use the Farmers Canal pump system to provide supplemental water to the Middle District. Furthermore, the old pump system was expensive to operate and maintain, and the new pressure water delivery system conserved enough water to make the pump system unnecessary. Because of these facts, the District Board moved to abandon the pump facility, and the system has not been operated for the past 17 years. It is cost prohibitive to design and install a new supplemental pump system to serve water from Farmers Canal to the Middle District, and water supply studies indicate that the completion of the Lowline Pipe and Kingsley Reservoir Enhancement projects will better address any foreseeable water shortfalls. Farmers Irrigation District has never billed any customers for a supplemental water right. Because of these facts, during its regular meeting on April 20, 2011, the Farmers Irrigation District Board of Directors moved to cancel the Farmers Canal Supplemental Irrigation Certificate 74304 though the Oregon Water Resources Department. As part of this process, Farmers Irrigation District requests any comments from Middle District water users regarding this action. If you have anything to say in response to this notice, please contact the Farmers Irrigation District office at 541-387-5261 or email Rick at rick@fidhr.org by June 10, 2011.

As always, please feel free to contact us at 541.387.5261 if you have any questions or comments. We welcome your calls.

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