NAMPA, Idaho-The largest irrigation district in southwest Idaho will shut down flows in its canal system Sept. 5, about a month earlier than normal.
The Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District delivers water until the first week of October in a typical season with normal water supplies. But NMID Water Superintendent Greg Curtis said a meager snowpack and below-normal precipitation have combined to make 2013 a tough water year.
The NMID board of directors made the decision Aug. 19 during its regular board meeting and announced it early today.
NMID's 500 miles of canals supply irrigation water to 69,000 acres of farmland, residential and commercial lands in Idaho's Treasure Valley.