Crews have been working long hours seven days a week to stay on track with water start-up.
We are on track to start Irrigon tomorrow (Tuesday the 6th). River pumps will be turned on first thing in thr morning. It will take most of the day to fill the system while crews chase down leaks that have popped up over the winter.
If you are not able to be home, please shut your valve to prevent any flooding on your property.
The remaining pump stations on the main canal will follow this week.
Tuesday, 30 March, 9:30 am – UPDATE: Crews got the siphon unplugged last night and turned water into Boardman this morning. The canal will take most of the day to fill and flush. The water should start clearing up this afternoon and overnight. Water will be available tomorrow.
Monday, 29 March – Due to high winds yesterday the Boardman canal is down. There is a plug of weeds in the siphon. WEID crews were out all night trying to keep it clear, but it was just too much to handle.
WEID crews are still on site. We have called ODOT and a contractor to help remove the plug. At this time, there is no forecast as to when water will be restored.
What Is Ag Day? It’s a day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.
When Is Ag Day? Ag Day is celebrated on March 23, 2021. National Ag Day falls during National Ag Week.
Who Hosts Ag Day? The Agriculture Council of America hosts the campaign on a national level. However, the awareness efforts in communities across America are as influential – if not more – than the broad-scale effort. Again this year, the Ag Day Planning Guide has been created to help communities and organizations more effectively host Ag Day events.
What Is Ag Day All About? Ag Day is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
Why Celebrate Agriculture? Agriculture provides almost everything we eat, use and wear on a daily basis. But too few people truly understand this contribution. This is particularly the case in our schools, where students may only be exposed to agriculture if they enroll in related vocational training.
By building awareness, the Agriculture Council of America is encouraging young people to consider career opportunities in agriculture.
Each American farmer feeds more than 165 people … a dramatic increase from 25 people in the 1960s. Quite simply, American agriculture is doing more – and doing it better. As the world population soars, there is an even greater demand for the food and fiber produced in the United States.
What Can I Do to Help? Put simply, get involved! Your participation in Ag Day is critical in helping us spread this positive message about agriculture. If you are interested in planning an event, download your Planning Guide today. Of course, there are other ways you can lend your support, including sending a letter to your local newspaper, calling your Congressional representatives or simply sharing information about agriculture with youngsters in your community.
Main Canal: we were 1 day ahead of schedule in turning water in yesterday. Problems were noted when we took water down to put in checkboards. Repairs will be made, and water should be back up in a few days.
Boardman: due to the delay in starting the upper canal, water to Boardman will be delayed. Depending on the time necessary for the repairs, water to Boardman will be either Friday (3/19) or Monday (3/22). Again, it takes a day to flush before water is available.
Irrigon Pressure System: Target is still April 6.
Main canal pump stations will follow Irrigon by a day or two.
As a reminder: if you have 20 acres or more, you must call or text your water order to 541922-9372 24 hours in advance.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 541-922-3814.