The summer season's first tangible impact of a declining snowpack and possible drought conditions was revealed April 23 when the Pioneer Irrigation District announced that it would reduce water deliveries by 30 percent.
The Pioneer Irrigation District began filling miles of its canal system earlier this month, beginning to feed water to more than 34,000 acres of Canyon and western Ada counties.
"We will be running the system as lean as we possibly can," Pioneer Board Chairman Alan Newbill told the Idaho Press-Tribune. "We will also need the cooperation of our users to be as conservative as possible."
The Press-Tribune reports that the district is currently utilizing its water rights by drawing from the Boise River's "natural flow," which is expected to last until Mid-May. After that, Pioneer is expected to begin supplementing its supply with 52,000-acre feet of storage water.