Record drought is hindering water allotments for water rights holders.
Snow fall in the Sierra Nevada was scarce in January and February, which has led to limited snowpack.
At the Truckee-Carson Irrigation District’s Board of Directors monthly meeting Thursday, the board approved a 75 percent allotment for Carson Division water users. The Truckee Division, meanwhile, will receive 100 percent.
The board also approved a start date for water orders for each division. Truckee Division users begin March 15, while Carson users are slotted for April 1. Deliveries in the Carson will not begin until a total of 1,000 acre-feet of water has been ordered.
TCID’s annual water users meeting, meanwhile, will be held in Fallon on at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Commissioners Chambers, 155 N. Taylor St. The district will hold a second meeting at 7 p.m. March 21 in Fernley in the City Council Chambers, 595 Silver Lace Blvd.
As for the allotments, Deputy Project Manager Walt Winder said the Carson Division projects were drawn from “a 70 percent model.” The model, Winder said, forecasts snowpack and water levels upstream and said the 75 percent allotment was a conservative estimate.
Winder added the allotment could rise if the region receives more precipitation in the coming weeks.
Treasurer Lester de Braga questioned the 75 percent, but the board figured the difference in the Truckee Division was about 2,000 acre-feet. If the district were to allocate that amount to the Carson Division, it would take at least 1,000 af to deliver the water plus losses gained from moving the water and the district’s efficiency would lower as a result.
As for the early start date for water orders in the Truckee Division, President Ernie Schank said it was to benefit Fernley users so they can take advantage of cooler temperatures and decide on which crops to plant. Winder, meanwhile, said flows through the canal should be strong until July — barring any late-season storms — when the weather begins to take its toll.
As for water orders, TCID Office Manager Kate Rutan said water users who have not converted to the consolidated farm 8000 series can contact the district to convert to the new system before the water season. If users do not convert, they can order water by using their individual serial numbers and must wait until the end of the season to convert to the 8000 series.
In other TCID news —
• TCID will receive $103,506 for automation of structures on the V-Line Canal, according to a BOR press release. The district will automate six check structures within the V-Line Canal to enable level and flow control for more efficient water conveyance and increased public safety. The project is expected to result in water savings of 3,445 acre-feet annually, which will allow for reduced diversions from the Truckee River.
• Diane Baley was honored for 25 years of service by the TCID Board of Directors.
• For information or to order water, visit www.tcid.org or call 775-423-2141.