|Resolution Addendum to Medford Irrigation District's Transfer Policy For Temporary Instream Leases
WHEREAS, The Board of Directors of the Medford Irrigation District, met for a
Regular meeting on Wednesday, July 9, 2008 and
WHEREAS, said Directors did discuss adopting an Addendum to Medford Irrigation
Districtís Transfer Policy for Temporary Instream Leases, and upon motion duly made and
Be it resolved, that the Medford Irrigation District recognizes that there are certain
statues that allow the transfer of water rights instream. These statutes give the water user
and holder of the water right more flexibility to maintain a valid water right during periods
when the water right is not being used.
Medford Irrigation District will only allow for a temporary lease of water rights instream
upon the following terms and conditions, and under the following circumstances in the
determination of the Board of Directors and in the exercise of itís discretion:
1.) Current water right transfer regulations, as approved by the Board of Directors
apply to allow the transfer.
2.) An instream lease will be for one irrigation season. The District needs the ability
to manage reservoir storage levels by attempting to have sufficient ďcarry-overĒ from
one season to the next. Unused allotments are forfeited to the general storage of the
Districtís system at the end of each irrigation season with no individual reservoir
3.) The instream allotment shall be released at a location and flow convenient to the
District in its sole discretion.
4.) Due to water shortages experienced by the District the acre-feet allotment will be
figured on a yearly basis according to, but not limited to, total yearly supply,
transportation losses, storage losses and unforeseen circumstances.
5.) Instream Transfers will be subject to and enforced by the Districtís Rules &
Regulations and Board decisions, the same as all other water rights and holders of
6.) Instream water will be released only during the irrigation season and in a flow
deemed safe by the District at the discretion of the District Manager.
7.) The District will not establish a new point of diversion or manage the flow once
it has been released instream.
8.) All applications for temporary instream leases are subject to approval by the
Board of Directors of the District in its sole discretion, applications are expected
to be received by the District prior to April 1st , accepted on a preliminary basis
by the District Manager and subject to the Boardís review and
This policy does not create, nor shall it be interpreted as creating individual storage space
in any district facility.
Cost associated with temporary instream leases are as follows:
$400.00 1-4 owners/water rights and District processing fee(subject to change)
The regular Operation, Maintenance and Account Charge fees will be billed as they
are for all other irrigated lands in the District. Billing dates, late fees, interest fees, lien fees,
etc. still apply and will be charged at the same rate as all other accounts.
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