Irrigation Water Managment!

The Lewis Conservation District (LCD) has been working with farmers in the Chehalis Basin since 2015 to complete irrigation plans. Up until 2019, this work was completed by grants from US Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Ecology, and the Rose Foundation. This grant allowed us to work with Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor Counties. Unfortunately, with this grant ending, the District will only be able to work in Lewis County.

The goal of this project is to help irrigators apply water more efficiently and to improve crop production. These plans include meeting with the landowner and examining the water right to make sure that the person is using the correct quantity of water. If everything is good, which it is 99% of the time, staff will complete a plan after hearing the goals and objectives of the irrigator.  This plan will include an optimal irrigation schedule, based on average weather and the crop being watered. It will also include recommendations for improvements to the irrigation systems. In Lewis County, a grant was received to install K_Line irrigation. This farm had a leaky system that was wasting water. The farmer also installed a new energy efficient pump and underground mainline without financial assistance. People can visit the Lincoln Creek farmer with LCD staff to see how well the new system works. In 2018, LCD will have installed 13 fish screens.

If you want more information or are interested in a plan contact Kelly Verd at kelly.verd@wa.usda.gov or 360-748-0083 x114.

Aug 2018= Currently, we are applying for grant to put fish screens on irrigation intakes. If you are interested please contact us.