New satellite will track world’s water, could impact farmers

December 20, 2022

By Sierra Dawn McClain.

Article received from Oregon Water Resources Congress (OWRC) weekly update 12/29/22.

NASA and partner organizations have launched an international mission to survey the Earth’s surface water across oceans, lakes and rivers via a new satellite.

Members of the mission team said the project will provide farmers with more data about the water sources they use.

On Friday, the satellite built for NASA and the French space agency Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Space Force Base.

The spacecraft, launched aboard a SpaceX rocket, is expected to orbit the Earth for at least three years as part of a Surface Water and Ocean Topography Project: SWOT for short.

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WEID office will close at noon on Thursday, December 22 for the Christmas holiday, and remain closed the following week. The office will reopen Monday, January 2, 2023, regular hours.

During the week of December 26-30, mail will be picked up and messages will be checked, but the office will not be open to the public.

Payments can be mailed, left in the drop box in the door, or made online. Messages can be left on the office phone at 541-922-3814.

Have a safe and happy holiday!


UPDATE 12/19/22 – Bills for the Irrigon Pressurized System (IPS), Division St. Pump Station, Southshore Pump Station, and Westfall Pump Station will go out this week. Boardman Pump Station bills will go out the beginning of January. All bills will have a due date of February 15, 2023.

December 15, 2022 – Many of you have noticed that the power bills, which normally go out at the end of November, have not been mailed out yet. Yes, they are late this year, primarily due to illness. I hope to get them out next week, with a due date of January 31, 2023.

If you haven’t received your bill by the 1st of January, check here first (I will update this post of they are delayed beyond that), and then call the office at 541-922-3814.

Thanks for your patience.


The Chairman has called a Special Meeting of the Board of Directors of West Extension Irrigation District to meet with representatives of the CTUIR to discuss and negotiate tribal water settlement matters. The meeting is Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm, located at 501 E. Columbia Ave., Boardman, OR.

Under ORS 192.660, an executive session will be called for a portion of the meeting.

Please contact the WEID office at (5410 922-3814 for any questions.

The meeting, except for the executive session, is open to the public.


The Board of Directors of West Extension Irrigation District will hold its Monthly Business Meeting on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.  An Executive Session may be called pursuant to ORS 192.660 to discuss legal issues. 

The board 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.