The Boise Project Board of Control, the body that determines just how much water every water right holder will get in the Treasure Valley, has increased the irrigation allotment set in April from 1 acre foot to 1.4 acre feet of water as of June 5. This means a longer growing season for farmers relying on canal fed irrigation water who, this year, were extremely worried about having enough water to finish out their crops in late summer.
The city of Kuna is also relieved to see more water coming down canals for further into the
“If we run water every day we have enough to run until August 23,” said Janice Yerton, Kuna Water Superintendent.
Previously the water allotment for Kuna was expected to run out in late July or early August unless conservation efforts were put
Kuna City Engineer Gordon Law isn’t so precise in his estimate for a water cut off. He believes we have enough water to reach the middle to third week in August. “This additional water estimate includes carryover, an additional well contributing to the irrigation water system and the additional allotment,” Law said.
Both Yerton and Law believe that some water conservation should still need to happen to stretch out the available water for residents who use irrigation water.
“We will go a little further into the season before we decide,” said Law. “If we get a significant rainstorm in the next few weeks we’ll turn it off for a few days.”
Exactly when irrigation canals will run dry this year is still an inexact science.
According to Tim Page, Project Manager for the Boise Project Board of Control, it all depends on how hot and dry it is over the next few months.
We can look at previous years for estimates. In 2007, the allotment was set at 1 acre foot in April and by June 6 it was increased to 1.6 acre feet. They made it to September 1 in 2007. In 1992, Page said they set the allotment between .75 and 1 acre foot and they only made it to August 5.
As far as increasing the allotment again?
“We’ve crunched the numbers,” said Page. “I can’t see us being able to increase water allotment again this year.”