Quincy irrigation season start announced

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QUINCY — While it still feels like winter outside, spring is on the horizon. One of the signs is planning has started to turn on irrigation water around the Columbia Basin.

Officials with the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District plan to start filling the West Canal in mid-March, March 13 to be exact. “Priming will continue on smaller canals and laterals through the first week of April, depending on the weather and demand for water deliveries,” wrote Darvin Foles, the irrigation district’s secretary-manager.

Local watermaster offices also are gearing up for the season, with message phones available beginning March 25. Farmers can phone in water orders all day Saturday and Sunday through 11:30 a.m., Foles said. Those orders will be filled the following Monday through the irrigation season.

More information and water schedules will be available at regional watermaster offices after March 13, Foles said.

— Staff report

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