Wet spring bodes well for irrigators

The snow, rain and cold means more water for growers in Jefferson County. It also means crops get a late start. 

The snow, the rain, the cold have all paid off for the North Unit Irrigation District. The NUID board decided Tuesday, May 9 to increase the season water allotment from .7 acre feet to .8 acre feet for its Deschutes River patrons, and from .3 acre feet to .4 acre feet for its Crooked River patrons. An acre foot is enough water to cover an acre with a foot of water.

Several factors went into the decision to increase the allotment.