UnwateredAppletrees
removed2015
DistrictOverview
Ø 72,000 irrigated acres over 95 miles w/ 450 miles of canals.
Ø 80% high value perennial crops (tree fruit, hops, wine and juice
grapes) with very high efficiency on-farm irrigation.
Ø 20% annual crops (silage corn, pasture, row crops) which
support a large dairy industry.
Ø Total crop value of $1 billion +/- on mostly 2
nd
and 3
rd
generation
family farms.
Ø 47% water supply in 2015.
Ø Supply ranged from 35% to 68% in five prior drought years
since 1992…2016 could be far worse.
Ø $13M annual budget of which about 25% goes to capital
improvements which conserve water.
Managedby
BureauofReclamation
Fivereservoirswith1million
acre-feetofcapacity
(averageannualrunoff3.3millionacre-feet)
Irrigationdeliveries:
1.7millionacre-feet
Snowpackisthe
sixthreservoir
Yakima Basin Water Rights
Roza Water Conservation Projects Since 1983
$43Millionintotalimprovementcosts(nearlyallRozafunds).
32,000acrefeetconservedannually,via:
-300milesofcanalpiped
-6.7milesofcanallinedorsealed
-31automatedcheckstructures(tooperatethecanalatlower
flows)
-2Re-regulationreservoirs(tocaptureoperationalspills)
$33millioninRozafundedimprovementsoverthenext13yearsto
completethelateralcanalenclosureprogramtoconserve8,500additional
acrefeet.
$4.5million(Rozafunds)fortheon-goingWasteway5Re-regulation
reservoirprojecttoconserveanadditional8,800acrefeet.
$100M+ofgrowerfundedon-farmefficiencyandconservation
measures(ponds,driplines,sprinklerconversions,etc.)
2015WaterSeason-“TheSnowDrought”
Ø March 73% Supply
Ø April 60% Supply April15StorageControlDate
Ø Late April 54% Supply
Ø May 47% Supply
Ø Late May 44% Supply
Ø June & July 44% Supply
ØMid July 46% Supply!!!
ØAugust 47% Supply
Water
Supply
Delivery
Restrictions*
ShutDown(s) Roza
Pump
backs
Leases Endseason
beforeSept.30
Notes
Oct20+/-istyp.infullyrs.
80% Yes No No No No Restrictions on some days
75% Yes No Yes No Possibly Season ends early
70% Yes No Yes Possibly Possibly Season ends early
Leases optional-varies
65% Yes No Yes Possibly Yes-varies Leases optional-varies
60% Yes Possibly Yes Possibly Yes-varies Leases optional-varies
55% Yes Probably Yes Yes Yes-varies 6,500 AF from leases & PB
50% Yes Yes (15+ days) Yes Yes Yes-varies 6,500 AF from leases & PB
45%* Yes Yes (possibly 2) Yes Yes Yes-varies* 6,500 AF from leases & PB
40%* Yes Yes (possibly 2) Yes Yes Yes-Aug. 30* 6,500 AF from leases & PB
35%* Yes Yes -2 Yes Yes Yes-Aug. 18* 6,500 AF from leases & PB
30%* Yes Yes -2 Yes Yes Yes-Aug. 8*
18 day shutdowns
RozaMainCanalpumpbacks
torecovercanalseepageinfourlocations
Fallowed corn 2015
watermovedtoothercrops
Kachess Floating Pumping Plant
200,000 Ac-ft inactive storage
for capital Cost of $200 million