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Pioneer Irrigation District is a non-profit irrigation district providing irrigation water to 34,000+ acres in the Canyon County and extreme Western Ada County area in Idaho. Established in 1901, we are proud to be a part of the Treasure Valley's rich agricultural history and are continually looking for the best ways to manage water needs now and for the future for both agriculture uses and the ever growing residential population in the Treasure Valley.
IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES:
Pioneer Irrigation District's second half of assessments are due on June 20, 2013. Any payments postmarked after June 20, 2013 are considered late and interest and penalties will be applied to your account. Remember that Pioneer is not set up for credit card or over the phone payments. We are only able to accept cash, money order or checks. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate contacting us at 459-3617.
To Learn how to conserve water please visit the City of Nampa's Irrigation site at http://ci.nampa.id.us/index.aspx?NID=295
This year it is important that everyone try to conserve as much water as possible.
Drought, Low Snowpack Totals Forces
A vanishing snowpack coupled with drought like weather has forced Pioneer Irrigation District to reduce water deliveries by 30 percent compared to the amount of water it normally supplies to its 5,800 patrons. Unless conditions change dramatically, Pioneer could also be forced to completely end deliveries of irrigation water in mid-August, almost two months earlier than normal, Pioneer officials announced today.
Pioneer is hopeful that the natural flow will last until mid-May, and are currently drawing on water rights it holds for that natural flow from the Boise River. When natural flow is no longer available Pioneer will supplement with storage waters, according to Pioneer Irrigation District Water Superintendent Mark Zirschky.
The District currently has about 52,000 acre feet of storage water available. By cutting the amount of water provided to individual water users by 30 percent, that amount of water could be stretched to last about 90 days, meaning the District would be out of water by the middle of August. Normally, the irrigation season lasts until the first week of October.
That prompted the Pioneer Board at a meeting today to cut back deliveries by 30 percent.
“We will be running the system as lean as we possibly can. We will also need the cooperation of our users to be as conservative as possible. But this clear is a low water year and we felt it was critical that we put in place a plan that will hopefully prove a compromise between water supply and demand,” said Board Chairman Alan Newbill.
Conditions could change should the spring temperatures be cooler than normal or if there is substantial precipitation in May. However, Pioneer Irrigation District does not plan to back away from the 30 percent cutback. Instead, Pioneer would extend the irrigation season. Newbill said the Board of Directors want to use any improved water supply conditions to stretch supplies into a longer irrigation season if possible.
Pioneer Irrigation District has set April 2, 2013 to start filling its canal system. It generally takes several days to flush the system and completely fill all the laterals. Water should be available for delivery in most areas starting Monday, April 8, 2013. To find out when water will be available in your area or to order your water on, please call your ditchrider directly. If you have questions about who your ditchrider is or how to contact him, please call Pioneer’s office at 459-3617.
With recent dry weather, Pioneer is anticipating a SHORT water season. Natural flow is very low and Pioneer will be using storage water early in the season. Please conserve water as much as possible this year.
NEXT PIONEER BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING:
Monday, July 9, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. To be on the agenda and address the Board, please call Pioneer's office at 459-3617.
Pioneer is governed
by a Board of Directors:
Board members are elected by property owners in the District.