Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Treasure Valley Canals Will Come to Life Wednesday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:38 PM

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A local rite of spring is scheduled to begin in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 1, as the Boise Project Board of Control and the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District open the gates to their 2015 irrigation season. The board serves nearly 167,000 acres in Ada and Canon counties, and by the time the water curls through much of the region, 460 canals will rise to allowable elevations.

When and if the initial inflows to the canals become inefficient, the Boise Project begins tapping into storage from Arrowrock, Anderson Ranch and Lake Lowell.

Meanwhile the Nampa and Meridian District, the largest water manager in the Treasure Valley, will also open the headgates of the Ridenbaugh Canal near Barber Park in the early hours of April 1, diverting Boise River water into the canal and deliver irrigation water to approximately 69,000 acres of Treasure Valley agricultural and residential lands. 

It takes approximately two weeks to completely fill, clean and test the 500 miles of main and lateral canals, so actual water deliveries in the Nampa and Meridian District should begin by mid-April.

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