The start of the district:
Our water rights were granted August 21st 1915.The District was organized on April,15th 1919. May of 1923 was the first delivery of water to 6,000 acres of land. We now currently deliver water to 8,260 acres of land. It takes a 18 mile long main canal with 165 miles of laterals to disperse the water to the farm land of Eagle Point. The district boundaries stretch from Butte Falls all the way to Antelope Creek and over to the Rogue River. Our water rights come from Big Butte Creek with 100 C.F.S. During the low stream flows, we have a cooperative agreement with Medford Water Commission allowing us to draw from Willow Lake .
Our operations include 8 hard working employees and 3 very knowledgeable Board of Directors (all live with in our district). Included in the 8 employees we have two ditch riders and one canal patrolman, Who are they? Those three men are the ones who direct our water to the correct laterals from the our main canal, making sure your property has water every two weeks . They are not the only ones helping out with the water. Our two equipment operators are just as important. They keep our laterals clean and fix any problems along the canal year round. Whether that be removing blackberries or replacing old turn outs.
Our Mission at Eagle Point Irrigation District is to deliver water rightfully and proficiently with the least amount of cost to our patrons, keeping in mind the need for wide range of planning and environmental impact. Through leadership, effective operations, approachable customer service and the motivation of our crew, Eagle Point Irrigation District will follow to protect and preserve local natural and ecosystems through the use of water.
During the Off Season
Winter storms can be very powerful. Heavy rains and strong winds cause a lot of damage to road and water ways. This keeps the crew on their toes during the winter months. Wash outs can't always be prevented. Mother Nature still rules the roost when it comes to the ground movement. We can help by lining our canals with gunite to prevent the erosion of the soil. The crew is always trying to improve the delivery system by monitoring water levels and cleaning branches/ limbs from canals.
Did You Know
In 1994 the District purchased a Privately funded 1 megawatt power plant!! This power plant helps to offset water rates of EPID. We have one of the lowest rates in the County. Our power plant operates during the rainy season , which begins around October and will run through the end of March. The more water we get through the Nichols gap the better it is for the district.