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At last night’s Board meeting the Board decided that if it does not rain in the next week and a few days, the Irrigation season will be started on April 21, 2014. If it does rain between now and then, the Board will revisit the start date at the next Board meeting on April 24th.
That said…The start date does not mean that everyone will receive water on the 21st! Unlike electricity that moves at the speed of light, water has its own pace and cannot be rushed. For BVID, it takes about three days for the water to get all the way to the far end of the delivery system. The closer you are to Collins Lake, the sooner you will receive water. We should have the system up and running by the end of the week.
Remember, we are going to be very thin on water this year. The Drought Ordinance that the Board put in place at the March 27, 2014 Board meeting (click here) requires water users to 1) keep your irrigation water on your property (no spill) and 2) for those with ponds, do not allow your pond to spill.
Every drop is precious!
Drought Ordinance No. 2014-01 was adopted by the BVID Board on March 27, 2014, rescinding the 2008 Drought Ordinance.
To view Drought Ordinance No. 2014-01 (click here)
As many of you may have noticed, the Rain Gage at Collins Lake has stopped transmitting information. To identify the cause of the problem, the logger/transmitter in the gage will be pulled and then bench tested by the manufacturer. This whole process is expected to take several weeks. Thank you for your patience.
Please see the tables below for the 2014 Irrigation Rates, which were set at the Board Meeting on February 27. Please note that bills will be mailed out the first part of March
|Units||Water Only||Admin Charge||2014 Rate ∗||Payment Option ∗∗|
∗ Standard Rate: $91.90 per unit plus $168.50 Admin Service Charge
∗∗ Three bi monthly payments due in April, June, and August.
|Units||Water Only||Redhill E. Assess||Admin Charge||2014 Rate||Payment Option ∗|
∗ Three bi monthly payments due in April, June, and August.
|Units||Water Only||Infrastructure Charge||Admin Service Charge||2014 Rate ∗|
∗ Out of District unit water users must pay their water toll in full by April 15th in order to receive water.
|In District||$16.20 per acre foot, plus $168.50 Admin Service Charge|
|Out of District||$22.00 per acre foot, plus $168.50 Admin Service Charge|
|Out of District Infrastructure Charge||$118.00|
(With apologies to Donavan) ” First there is water, then there is no water, then there is ”. Well this appears to be a year of no water for some folks and very little water for others. The good news is that we have at least some water. This is the way things seem to work in the west. Some years there are great water supplies and in others, little to nothing. For us, as of today, and yes, it is raining outside, Collins Lake is less than 43% full. The rain that fell in the last 24 hours only brought the Lake up by 1% (about three-quarters of a foot). To put this in context, in 2 of the last 7 years, we ended the irrigation season with more water in Collins Lake than we have today. The bulk of the rainy season ends today and the outlook is not good. We have a bit more than one-half of the water we need for a “normal” irrigation season.
The Drought Committee will be meeting next week to start the process of figuring out how we can stretch our limited supply of water through the summer. I will keep you updated as the process and plan come together and we use our supply of water the best way we can.
Remember, every drop is precious.
After a very long time with no storms, Collins lake received over 7” of rain over the course of the last four days and as of 7:30 this morning has increased to 38% of capacity, an 11.5’ gain in water level.
CAUTION. This does not mean that the drought is over! We still need at least two more storms just like this one before we can have anything close to a normal irrigation season.
At Last night’s Board meeting the Browns Valley Irrigation District Board decided to not release any water from Collins Lake into the irrigation delivery system at this time but will reconsider this action at future Board meetings until further notice.
The Browns Valley Irrigation District Board meets on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, at the District Office, starting at 5:00 pm.
As you know, we have not had any rain in quite some time. Many ponds in the District are for the most part, at very low levels. The District office has received several requests to release some water to charge the delivery system. However, District staff is reluctant to release water into the delivery system, even for a short period of time, for the following reasons;
1) Collins Lake is currently at only 23% of capacity.
2) Collins Lake is a rain-fed reservoir and sees almost no inflow under these dry conditions.
3) Without more rainfall, there is only 30% of the water stored for a normal year’s irrigation season.
4) The long term forecast does not include much rain.
5) While it might be nice to have water available now, if these dry conditions persist, having even that same small amount of water available in July or August will be crucial to plant survival.
With that said, the question of releases under these conditions becomes elevated to a Board level decision and will be discussed/decided at the January 9th (5:00) Board meeting.
We are thankful for the rain that has fallen in the last few days. It has caused ditches and pipelines within the District to fill with water. As a result, some people may be getting water from their service while others do not. Be assured that all of this water is runoff from the much needed precipitation and is not the result of releases from Collins Lake.
With consistent rain, water will pool in the ditches or flow as if it is being released from Collins Lake. In the winter, ditches are set up in a way that helps prevent flooding, while still providing the added benefit of capturing some water that may be used by our customers.
If you are experiencing loss in pressure or flow, before requesting a service call, please check any filters you may have installed on your system. A significant number of service calls are the result of plugged filters on personal irrigations sytems. BVID is not responsible for cleaning out personal filters & irrigation systems, however, if you feel that your service box is plugged or the BVID piping is blocked please give us a call at (530) 742-6044.