State Ag Department Bringing Awareness of Invasive Weeds

Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed May 15-21, 2022, to be “Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week” and the Oregon Department of Agriculture wants to partner with Oregonians to spread the word, not the weeds.

This week the ODA is focusing on why all Oregonians should do their part in preventing and controlling invasive noxious weeds for the protection of Oregon’s natural resources and agricultural economy.

Invasive noxious weeds are plant species that make, or have the potential to make, significant adverse impacts to Oregon’s natural resources and economy. For example, just 25 state-listed noxious weeds are costing Oregonians $83.5 million annually and, if left to spread could cost an estimated $1.8 billion in economic impact. This highlights the importance and value of active invasive weed prevention and control programs at the federal, state, county and local levels for protection of our economy and natural resources from noxious weeds.

Go online for a list of invasive weeds and what they look like.

FREE SPRAY DAYS 2022

Morrow Soil & Water Conservation District will be in Irrigon at the Irrigon City Park tomorrow, Wednesday, May 18th from 9:00 am to Noon. “Come down and grab your 1 free gallon container!”

Pre-mixed containers of SpeedZone or Trimec will be labeled and a Safety Data Sheet will be included. Chemical donated by Morrow County Grain Growers. SpeedZone & Trimec are non-restricted herbicides for turf/ornamentals.

Questions? Please call the Morrow SWCD at 541-676-5452.

BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED

The Board of Directors of West Extension Irrigation District will hold its Monthly Business Meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. An Executive Session may be called pursuant to ORS 192.660 to discuss legal issues.

The meeting will be held at Columbia Improvement District, 501 E. Columbia Ave., Boardman, OR 97818.

Please call the office at (541) 922-3814 if you have any questions or would like to be on the agenda.

MAIN CANAL PUMP UPDATE

May 11, 2022 – 4:30 pm

HAMILTON PUMP STATION – was reinstalled today and is on.

16-D – still at shop.

All Boardman pump stations are up and running (except for 16-D).


May 10, 2022 – 1:30 pm.

SOUTHSHORE DRIVE PUMP STATION – Is operating on the bypass until enough folks are ready for the pump to be turned on.

WESTFALL PUMP STATION – Is operated by the users on the station.

HAMILTON PUMP STATION – The pump “blew up” Saturday, April 30. This happened when all users shut off during the rain storm. It is out for repair and will be reinstalled as soon as it gets back.

16-D PUMP STATION – Yesterday when crews were turning the pump station on, there was a problem with the pump. It was pulled this morning and sent off for repair. It will be reinstalled as soon as it gets back.

SUNRISE, RIPPEE RD., MILLER, McGRAW, and DONOVAN – All other Boardman pump stations are either up and running, or waiting for calls from people ready to irrigate to be turned on.

IRRIGON PUMPS UPDATE

May 11, 2022 – 4:30 pm

IPS – All pumps are up and running.

DIVISION STREET – The pump stayed on overnight last night, and went off this morning on its regular schedule. Will be turned back on in the morning.


May 10, 2022 – 1:30 p.m.

IPS – The 4th Street Booster Station has electrical problems. It will remain off until the electrician can get it fixed. All other booster stations are on.

DIVISION STREET – Will be left on overnight tonight, then turned off Wednesday morning (its normal schedule). It will come back on Thursday morning and we are hopeful there will be enough use to keep it on, back on schedule.



May 9, 2022 – 9:45 am.

IPS – River pumps were turned on at 7:45 this morning. After the system has filled, crews will begin turning on the booster stations. Keeping the booster stations on will depend entirely on how much usage is on each station. NIGHT IRRIGATION IS IMPORTANT to keep the boosters on overnight. We really need your help to keep the system up

DIVISION STREET – The pump was turned on Saturday during the day, and we will do the same today. It will be turned off by the ditchrider on her way home. As will all of the pump stations, there needs to be enough use to keep it on. If your systems are set up for night irrigation, please call the office and let us know. We really want to be able to keep it on all night on its regular schedule.

PUMP STATION UPDATE

May 4, 2022 – There has been an unprecedented amount of rain the past 2 weeks which has made keeping the pump stations up and running both difficult and damaging. Over the weekend, we lost one of the pumps in Boardman when everyone on the system shut off and overloaded the pump. Generally, on systems with a VFD (Variable Frequency Drive) on a pump, it takes about 20% usage to keep the pump on without damaging it. Saturday’s huge rain followed by another big rain storm on Monday left very little usage on almost all of the district pumps, so all of the pump stations were shut off on Monday. The forecast shows another bout of rain coming Thursday and Friday, up to an inch total. The District is monitoring the weather forecast throughout the day and reassessing decisions about turning the pumps back on.

We have not had such a late, wet spring in many, many years. It is definitely welcome with the drought we are facing. At least our ground is not starting out behind like last year. Hopefully, this will help ease the pumping costs for this year. If we work together, we can get through this odd weather. Thanks for understanding.

Here is an update on the systems. REMEMBER: ALL PLANS ARE WEATHER DEPENDENT AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

IPS (Irrigon Pressurized System) – Monday the meter at the river station showed zero use, so the river pumps were shut off. If the forecast holds, the pumps will not be turned back on until after the rain. Generally, there is only one person working on the weekend. It takes 2-3 people to turn on the river station, so conservative estimate is the river station won’t be turned back on until next week.

Division St. Pump Station (south Irrigon) – Wednesday’s are a scheduled day off. Crews will try to turn the station on Thursday / Friday. They will monitor usage to decide whether to keep it on or turn it back off.

Southshore Drive Pump Station – currently operating on the “by-pass”. This means the pump is not on, the water is by-passing it, and there is low pressure. When there are enough calls for water, it will be turned back on.

Boardman Pump Stations – crews will try to start those back up in the next few days. McGraw is up and running; Hamilton is down for repair. Watching usage is critical. Please watch what your neighbors are doing. If you are the only one using water, PLEASE DO NOT SHUT OFF WITHOUT CALLING THE DISTRICT TO HAVE THE PUMP SHUT OFF FIRST.