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BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED

The Board of Directors of West Extension Irrigation District will hold its Monthly Business Meeting on Thursday, April 15, 2021, 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.

DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, PUBLIC ATTENDANCE MUST BE ARRANGED IN ADVANCE BY CALLING THE OFFICE AT (541) 922-3814.

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

**UPDATE**IRRIGATION OUTAGES

Tuesday, April 13 Updates:

Crews continue to work to get water to everyone in the District. There are still several outages that we are working on:

Huke Pump Station, Irrigon: The pump station wend down Monday, morning, April 12, for a leak at the pump station. A locate has been called in and we will begin digging it up in the next day or two.

Sunrise Meadows Pump Station in Boardman: The pump “blew up” (not a technical term, so don’t worry!) today. Pump technicians are on site working on it. We should have it back up tonight (Friday) or tomorrow morning if all goes as planned. UPDATE the pump was repaired and turned on about 4 pm yesterday, Monday.

Division Street Pump Station in Irrigon: The pump kicked off this afternoon and district crews are not able to get it back up and going. The problem is believed to be in the VFD and we have called the technician to take a look at it. We do not have a forecast at this time. UPDATE: 5 pm Friday. The pump is on.

Idaho Lane in Irrigon, from 2nd Street West: There is a problem with the valve that serves this leg of the line. We have called in a locate and will be digging that up next week. We won’t have a forecast until we dig it up and see exactly what the problem is. Update: The 6″ valve needs to be replaced. Parts have been ordered and the repair will be done in the next day or two.

Greenwood PRV, off Oregon St. in Irrigon: This is a private system in Irrigon. There is a leak in the neighborhood and we have isolated the system until the repair can be made. The affected landowners are working on the repairs and we will get it turned back on as soon as they are complete. UPDATE: The system was up and down this weekend, but finally turned on Sunday afternoon.

We are also working hard on the individual problems that landowners have had with start up. Crews are working 7 days a week trying to get water to everyone. Thanks for your patience!

If you have any questions, please call the office at 541-922-3814.

IRRIGON START-UP

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.

**UPDATE** BOARDMAN OUTAGE

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.

Please check back for updates.

TODAY IS NATIONAL AG DAY!

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.