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posted Jul 15, 2022, 9:48 AM by Cindy Ortiz   [ updated Jul 15, 2022, 9:54 AM ]



07/15/2022 WEEKLY WATER REPORT

posted Jul 15, 2022, 9:46 AM by Cindy Ortiz   [ updated Jul 15, 2022, 9:51 AM ]

Our water use is still above our projections, We are asking that you consider your watering schedule carefully. We are currently diverting 1200 CFS from the river and need to be in the 900 to 1000 CFS range to be able to extend our water until September. I ask that you look at your grain carefully and shut off as soon as possible. As always, please maintain close contact with your ditch rider for changes.

07/08/2022 WATER OUTLOOK

posted Jul 15, 2022, 9:43 AM by Cindy Ortiz   [ updated Jul 15, 2022, 9:50 AM ]

As of July 8, 2022 we are on Storage, We will need to reduce diversions in order to increase our run time and make it so we can finish crops. We thank you in advance for working with us during these difficult times. We were very fortunate to make it this long on natural flow.

07/02/2022 WATER OUTLOOK

posted Jul 2, 2022, 11:10 AM by Cindy Ortiz

We are currently on the 1900 water right priority. We predict to be on full Storage by July 4th. Please do everything you can to conserve our limited water supply and have a HAPPY and safe 4th of July weekend!!

06/25/2022 WATER OUTLOOK

posted Jul 2, 2022, 11:03 AM by Cindy Ortiz   [ updated Jul 2, 2022, 11:04 AM ]

We may have only 1 or 2 more days left of Natural Flow. We will continue the 5/2 rotation, so please be in close contact with your ditchrider.

06/16/2022 WATER OUTLOOK

posted Jun 16, 2022, 1:19 PM by Cindy Ortiz   [ updated Jul 2, 2022, 11:03 AM ]

2022 has been an interesting year. Every day it throws another curve at us. The water supply has been exceedingly difficult to forecast. In January, February, and March our snowpack was very dismal. But thanks to rains in April, May, and June the outlook has gotten better. Even though the Drought is still with us, the severity has diminished.

I was projecting to be on Storage around June 10th about a month ago, but mother nature blessed us with precipitation, and we now think natural flow may last until the last week in June. The increased flows are also helping to fill American Falls Reservoir. Our Storage allocation is still pretty slim. The numbers are anywhere from 120,000-acre feet to 150,000-acre feet. Once we go onto Storage, we think we will have at least 60 days of run time.

The 5/2 rotation is working well for conserving water, and I thank all of you for working with us to get this rolling!

Thanks again for your help during this difficult time.

Brad Mattson

We did it, almost.

posted Apr 10, 2015, 3:03 PM by Steve Howser

i'm adding this update at 4:00 PM sitting next to Nash spill. I promised to meet all of our delivery demand today, but I missed the goal by a few head gates. It looks like it will be another several hours until we get water to them.

Almost filled

posted Apr 8, 2015, 10:27 AM by Steve Howser

Early this morning the water reached the end of the Highline and all but two laterals are filling - S and U1. Both of these have a lot of tumbleweeds that we need to remove but I expect we'll be filling both of those by this afternoon.

As I'm sure most of you know, the gopher and vole populations seem to have exploded. Fortunately, we haven't been seeing a greater than normal number of leaks due to gopher holes this season. As of this morning we've had less than a dozen, and all but four we're fixed with a shovel, those four required a machine. The key to keeping a small gopher hole leak from turning into a 10' wide breach in the bank is to get to them early. We appreciate you all keeping your eye out for wet spots on the banks, wet spots in your fields, etc.

I expect we'll be delivering to all but a few head gates by tomorrow, although some head gates on the longer laterals probably won't get delivery until Friday. We're still pushing hard, so it's a little difficult for us to estimate how long it will take to fill and check up the laterals as we have no experience bringing the water in this fast. So long as your ditch rider knows you need water he will let you know as soon as it's available at your head gate.

AVR at work

posted Apr 6, 2015, 9:06 AM by Steve Howser


I shot this short video this morning when the water got to Rock check at 8 AM. This tool accomplishes in a few minutes what used to take an hour and several men. It's proven itself invaluable, especially bringing the water in so quickly.


How we deal with tumbleweeds

posted Apr 4, 2015, 5:56 PM by Steve Howser

Most of the blown-in weeds get burned before we bring the water in. But the wind doesn't stop, so no matter how much we burn, we still get a lot of weeds floating. When these floating weeds and branches get to a check structure they can clog the openings. In the past we used manpower and weed hooks, sometimes taking hours to clear these weed-jams.

For the past three years, we've been using our Aquatic Vegetation Rake (AVR) that we purchased to remove Flowering Rush and cattails to take care of the weed-jams. Here's a picture of our 10' AVR on out CAT 312 about to be staged at Pratt check overnight. We expect the water to get to Pratt check on the Highline sometime late tonight (or very early in the morning).


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