Panhandle Districts Make Plans for Early Irrigation

Pathfinder Irrigation is delaying a decision on early irrigation until tomorrow (May 21). Prior the weekend rain, Pathfinder has received requests for a short early irrigation delivery. The Board of Directors will decide if they will offer a 10 day irrigation run.

Irrigators wanting to draw water need to place their order with their ditchrider no later than today (Monday, May 20th). The District will evaluate whether or not adequate interest exists in order to make an efficient delivery of water. This schedule is subject to change dependent upon precipitation that may reduce demand.

All water delivered will be charged against the irrigators supply for the season. At this time an allocation has not been set by the Bureau of Reclamation.

As of Monday, May 20th, Gering-Ft. Laramie Irrigation District is sticking to their original plan, where they are going to hold off delivering water til the middle of June. General Manager Rick Preston says once water is in the system, the water will be available til end of season to get the crop finished.

Gering-Ft. Laramie has expressed interest in borrowing water to the Bureau of Reclamation, but the board of directors does not want to put that added financial burden on water users and the district does not want to hurt next year's water supply.

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