Irrigation water to flow March 20

— Water will be flowing in Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District ditches at midnight on March 20, with the first deliveries starting April 1.

According to Dave Bos, the Assistant Manager of Operations, the tentative schedule has water running at midnight that Sunday, with the flow reaching the lower division by March 22,, Snipes on March 25 and Mabton March 28.

In his report yesterday to the district’s board, Bos said the water outlook for this summer is still positive, with the reservoirs at 73 percent of capacity and total system storage at 133 percent of average. He said the snowpack is also average for this time of year.

“It’s still good even after the melt-off,” he said. “White Pass was reporting more snowfall, and Snoqualmie had more snow as well.”

Bos said the winter work on canals was wrapping up, including the piping work. New drum screens are being put in place in laterals to prevent debris from getting into pipes.

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District board also terminated its contract with Northwest Water Management Inc. The firm represented former district manager Jim Trull, who died unexpectedly last month.

Because Trull was very active on a variety of board and commissions, the board also discussed who is stepping up to handle some of the positions he held.

Ron Cowin said he is now on the Irrigated Agriculture Working Group, which is part of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee.

District contract attorney Larry Martin also said he’s taken a place on the integrated plan board.

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