Do not block irrigation canal access

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 12:57:29-04

Ditch riders and irrigation folks are asking people not to block their access to canals. 

With irrigation season now in full swing, ditch riders and irrigation district folks say they're running into roadblocks.

Some property owners have been putting in landscaping, fences and even building sheds in the right of ways and roads that allow crews access to canals.

"Our folks really need to be able to get in there to properly maintain these structures because, if we have a canal break, it can cause catastrophic flooding to property. It can also cause safety hazards for folks too," said Roger Batt, Treasure Valley Water Users Executive Director.

State law allows officials to remove anything that blocks canal access.

Property owners who live next to a canal should always check with their irrigation district or ditch company to find the easements and right of ways in their area.