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Office Closed for Painting

PaintingWe will be painting the interior of our office and will have limited office hours this week.  It has been many years since the office was painted, and it shows.

We will be open Monday and Tuesday regular hours.

The office will be closed Wednesday – Friday for moving and painting and closed Monday, 1/11 for moving back into the office.

Please DO NOT put payments in the drop box, as the only person here during the time we are closed will be our painter.  Also, as everything will be out of the office, including our telephone, there will be no way to leave a message.  Please call back on Tuesday, January 12.

Thanks for your understanding and patience as we go through this process.

IRS Grants Tax Relief to Drought-Stricken Farmers and Ranchers in 48 States and Puerto Rico

If you are a farmer or rancher forced to sell your livestock because of the drought that affects much of the nation, special IRS tax relief may help you. The IRS has extended the time to replace livestock that their owners were forced to sell due to drought. If you’re eligible, this may help you defer tax on any gains you got from the forced sales. The relief applies to all or part of 48 states and Puerto Rico affected by the drought. Here are several points you should know about this relief:

  • Defer Tax on Drought Sales.  If the drought caused you to sell more livestock than usual, you may be able to defer tax on the extra gains from those sales.
  • Replacement Period.  You generally must replace the livestock within a four-year period to postpone the tax. The IRS can extend that period if the drought continues.
  • IRS Grants More Time.  The IRS has added one more year to the replacement period for eligible farmers and ranchers. The one-year extension of time generally applies to certain sales due to drought.
  • Livestock Sales that Apply.  If you are eligible, your gains on sales of livestock that you held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes apply.
  • Livestock Sales that Do Not Apply.  Sales of other livestock, such as those you raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes and poultry, are not eligible.
  • Areas Eligible for Relief.  The IRS relief applies to any farm in areas suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2014, and Aug. 31, 2015. The National Drought Mitigation Center has listed all or parts of 48 states and Puerto Rico that qualify for relief. Any county that borders a county on the NDMC’s list also qualifies.
  • 2011 Drought Sales. This extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2011.
  • Prior Drought Sales.  However, the IRS has granted previous extensions that affect some of these localities. This means that some drought sales before 2011 are also affected. The IRS will grant additional extensions if severe drought conditions persist.

Get more on this relief in Notice 2015-69 on This includes a list of states and counties where the IRS relief applies. For more on these tax rules see Publication 225, Farmer’s Tax Guide on

Each and every taxpayer has a set of fundamental rights they should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. These are your Taxpayer Bill of Rights. Explore your rights and our obligations to protect them on

Election Update

There were 2 divisions with board positions up for election this year, Division 2-East and South of Irrigon (Abe McNamee) and  Division 4-East Boardman (Vern Frederickson).

The current board members were the only ones who turned in nominating petitions.  Therefore, according to state law, they are elected by sole nominating petition.  They will take their oath of office at the first board meeting in January 2016.


Shutdown Dates

The shutdown dates have been set.  If weather turns cold/wet, shutdown may occur earlier.  Shutdowns will start at 7:00 a.m.

10/14 — Irrigon Pressurized & Non-Pressurized
10/21 — Main Canal, Umatilla, South Irrigon, Boardman

Don’t forget to drain and winterize your system.
If you have a meter, remove or winterize it.
Be sure to call the final meter reading into the office.

Here are some documents for your reference:
Your Delivery System
Winterizing Your System
Winterizing Your Lawn

Please call the office at 541-922-3814 if you have any questions.

Board of Director Openings

There are two Director positions that will become open at the end of this year.  The terms are three year terms beginning January 2016.

Division Two:  East and South of Irrigon.  Abe McNamee currently serves.

Division Four:  East Boardman.  Vern Frederickson currently serves.

Those interested should contact the district office for information and to pick up the Nominating Petition.

Petitions are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

If more than one candidate files for an open position, election will be Mail-In.  The election will be held on November 10, 2015.


How much water do I really need?

sun agricultureAs most know, we are facing a drought year.  So far this year, irrigators have been paying a lot of attention to water conservation.

There are some great resources for you on our Resource page:


WEID has a nozzle exchange program at no cost to you.  We  recommend 1/8″ nozzles for water conservation, and we have 2 different size nozzles with that orifice.  You bring in your old nozzles and we replace them with new.  Nozzles need to be replaced every few years because the sand in the water wears out the nozzle and increases the nozzle size, and then you are  using more water than you expect.

Rain GaugeAt the office we also  have 2 sizes of rain gauges to fit your needs, one for lawns and one more suitable for pastures.  These are free and  come with instructions, or the ditchrider can meet with you and help you with it.

Responsible irrigation benefits the district, and therefore you, in several ways:

  • It insures that there is enough water for everyone at any one time.  If you are water off schedule or too much, you are using someone else’s water.
  • It insures that there will be enough water to finish the season.  If we use too much at the beginning of the season, there won’t be enough to finish the season.
  • It keeps the cost of the water down.  WEID gets most of its water by pumping.  When we need to pump more water at any one time, the cost of pumping goes up for that period of time.  The more we can keep water use stable, our pumping costs therefore are also stable.

Our crews have been out monitoring for overuse.  If they notice you watering off schedule or using too much water at one time,  they will attempt to make contact with you and help you determine ways to manage your water better.  If you are noticed misusing water a second time, you will receive a written warning.  If this does not resolve the problem, a third notice will include a fine for overuse of water.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting with one of our ditchriders to review your irrigation practices, please call the office at 541-922-3814.