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Updated February 1, 2021

February 1, 2021

MVID holds two permits, S4-33097P and G4-33098(a)P, which share a requirement that the district report consumptive water use to Ecology and MVID's members every five years. On January 29, 2021, MVID submitted the first such report. You can see the report here and the analysis that was used to determine the irrigated land area here, or request copies from the Secretary.

June 5, 2018

MVID’s By-Laws and Rules & Regulations were amended in April 2018.  You can see the by-laws here and the rules & regulations here or request copies from the Secretary.  MVID has also adopted a policy that requires installation of detectable marking tape and locating wire when new facilities are installed (tracer-wire policy), which you can see hereWe strongly recommend that you review MVID’s rules and the tracer-wire policy and contact the district office before you initiate any land division or boundary line adjustment within the district. 

May 24, 2016

MVID directors John Richardson and Steve Dixon resigned earlier this spring.  The district now has two new interim directors, Chris Zahn and Mark Edson.  District contact information for the 2016 season is as follows:

Greg Nordang, Director
(509) 669-5574

Chris Zahn, Director
(509) 860-8421

Mark Edson, Director
997-7777 (shop); (509) 429-9549 (cell)

Sandra Strieby, Secretary
(509) 997-2576

 Josh Morgan, Operations Manager
(509) 997-6843

MVID also has new rules, adopted by the board in February and available from the Secretary

March 1, 2016
MVID plans to exclude all members who use or will use individual wells as their sources of irrigation water effective December 31st, 2016, with two exceptions:

  • Well users who would like to request early exclusion may do so if they agree to forfeit warranties

  • Any well user who does not have a well by April 15th may request an extension of the exclusion date

If you would like to request early exclusion, please send a signed request to MVID by April 8th

  • Please include the following in your letter: "I request immediate exclusion from the Methow Valley Irrigation District and understand that, by requesting immediate exclusion, I will forfeit warranties."
  • All owners of the parcel must sign the request

February 9, 2016
At their regular meeting on February 8th, 2016, MVID’s Directors adopted revised Rules and Regulations and a resolution assigning water rights to those members of the District who have converted or will convert to individual wells as their irrigation delivery system. 

View the Rules and Regulations

View the Assignment Resolution (which contains MVID’s assignment provisions).  The petition and map mentioned in the resolution are on file in the District office.

October 6, 2015
Equalization Meeting

MVID’s Board of Directors will conduct the annual equalization meeting on Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Senior Center in Twisp, Washington. The purpose of the meeting is to equalize assessments for the 2016 irrigation season. Equalization meeting notices will be mailed to members on October 7th. Any questions may be directed to the district office at (509) 997-2576 or  

September 1, 2015
The MVID West Canal will be operating to Gunnar’s Spill until the end of September.  The water level in the canal will be much lower than it has been in the past.  As MVID members below Gunnar’s have converted to wells, the District has had to cut the diversion at the head gate. 

You will need to make modifications if your intake is too high relative to the level of the water in the canal.  Due to the record low flows in the Twisp River, and to ensure that the District does not exceed its annual allowance for quantity of water diverted from the Twisp, the District will not be able to increase the diversion just because a member’s intake is too high.  Please contact Josh Morgan at (509) 881-9449 if you plan to modify your intake. 

If flows in the Twisp River continue to drop, the District may need to modify the intake to increase the flow of water to the head gate.  If that happens, it is possible that there will be some interruptions in service. 

Trout Unlimited (TU) has completed 42 pumping systems for MVID members who are converting to wells, since starting work five months ago.  There have been some delays, and the conversion project is currently running behind schedule.  Six systems below Gunnar’s spill are in progress and 23 remain to be developed.  TU expects to complete the remaining systems this fall.  Fogle Drilling’s crews returned to work this week following a fire-related evacuation. 

In Twisp, Bianchi Construction was also delayed due to the fires.  The contractor has made less progress than expected and will be back next week to finish work. 

Aug 3, 2015
Bianchi Construction Announces Painter’s Addition Construction Schedule

Bianchi Construction began work on Harrison Street on August 3rd, moving from the top of the draw toward June Street.  Work on Harrison Street is expected to take two to three days, barring unforeseen circumstances.  Bianchi will then begin work on Bigelow Street, which will also take about two to three days.  Four days of construction on June Street will follow and then the project will be wrapped up by piping along May Street.  Bianchi hopes to complete work in Painter’s Addition by about August 21.
During construction, MVID members may experience service interruptions of up to 10 hours during the day because of uncertainty about the location of charged MVID irrigation water lines.  As a safety precaution, the supply lines may be shut down when Bianchi is working in high risk areas.  Service interruptions will be announced in advance on the MVID website, via e-mails to members, and by door to door contact.   Any questions should be directed to Michael Notaro at 429-2939.

Bach Drilling resumes work on the West Pipe Groundwater Supply System
Bach Drilling has completed drilling and well development in the West Pipe Groundwater Supply wellfield located in the Schulz Orchard.  Excavation has begun for piping that will connect the 4 wells in the wellfield.  Construction of a small concrete block building to house the pump control system will begin next week.  Bach estimates that the wellfield and controls should be ready for testing by mid-September.

Tree removal contract
A contract to remove trees along abandoned canal sections from the West Canal headgate to the end of the MVID service area should be out for bids on September 11.  To minimize ground disturbance, the contract will specify that the trees must be removed when the ground is frozen.  Stumps will not be removed except as necessary to facilitate tree handling.  All woody debris will be removed or chipped and left on site.  The work will be performed only on those sections of abandoned canal not being piped as part of the West Distribution System Project.  Trees in areas to be piped will be removed by Bianchi Construction.

MVID’s policy for tree removal on abandoned canal sections states that all deciduous trees over 6” in diameter within the MVID easement will be removed unless the landowner signs a written release of liability for deciduous trees he or she wishes to preserve within the easement.  All conifers within the easement will remain unless MVID and the landowner agree that they pose a hazard.  MVID assumes no responsibility for trees outside of its easement.  Landowners along the canal will be contacted individually prior to tree removal to mark deciduous trees that they wish to retain and those conifers they consider hazardous.

July 27, 2015
Work to Begin on Painter's Addition Piping August 2nd

Bianchi Construction, the contractor for MVID’s West Distribution Project, has announced it will begin work in Painter’s Addition in the Town of Twisp during the week of August 2nd.  Originally Bianchi had planned to wait until October 1st to begin work in that area. 

The contractor will leave access open along town streets at the end of each working day.  If you have special access needs or concerns, please let Michael Notaro know--(509) 429-2939. 

Each MVID member in Painter’s Addition who will be served by the new West Pipe system must designate a service hookup location along the property boundary by July 31st.  To designate your service location, please call Michael Notaro at the number listed above.  If you are eligible for service, Michael will contact you if he does not hear from you.  If you do not identify your service location, the project team will choose a location for you. 

Well Conversion Project

On some small parcels, domestic wells are being upgraded for combined irrigation and domestic use.  Upgrades of all such wells below Twisp that are currently being used for irrigation use will be completed in August.  Outreach to irrigators above Twisp will begin in the next two weeks.  Those members should be prepared to discuss their existing wells and delivery systems so the project team can arrange for evaluation by a well driller.  Fogle Drilling of Republic, WA, is bringing on extra crews in hopes of completing most well conversions by fall. 

Bach Drilling Resumes Work On Well Field

Bach Drilling, the contractor responsible for the West Canal Groundwater Supply System, has resumed work after a hiatus to fine-tune designs and secure materials.  The contractor expects that most of the work will be completed by September 1st, including a concrete-block building containing the MVID pump-control system.  A 72-hour pump test earlier this year confirmed that more than enough water will be available to supply demand on the West Pipe.  During the pump test, a sand collection filter collected only a few grains of sand during the entire three days—a good indication that the screens are properly sized and that sand accumulation during pumping should not be a concern. 

June 16, 2015
MVID east pipe shutdown scheduled for June 23rd

MVID’s East Pipeline will be shut down between 7 AM and 7 PM on Tuesday, June 23rd so that the contractor can complete work on the pipeline.  The work includes replacing a leaking valve, installing two air relief valves, and fusing tees to the main pipe for individual takeouts that have not already been installed.  The work requires an empty pipe. 

Please contact District Secretary Sandra Strieby with any questions: or 997-2576

May 28, 2015
Individual Well Conversions On Schedule
MVID’s well conversion project—to switch some MVID members receiving water from the piped distribution system now under construction to individual wells—is on schedule. About 80 MVID members, mostly on the West Canal system, are participating in the program. Two well-drilling companies and one pump installer are working on the conversions, at sites along the Twisp-Carlton Road. read more >>

May 13, 2015
Some MVID water to be turned on in Twisp
Lloyd Logging has announced that MVID members located on Wagner and Marble Streets will receive water on May 18. The line running behind the Sportsman Motel and by Blackbirds will be charged at the same time. This is also a good time to remind MVID members that they are responsible for hooking up to the MVID valve located on their property line. read more >>

Dec. 5, 2014
The project staff have requested that the project calendar be posted here. Note it is 8 pages long.  Work on the East mainline pipe has finished for the winter, and it will resume when the ground thaws in the spring.Drilling for the well field behind Hanks is expected to be complete by Christmas. Design work on the pumps, controls, shed, etc for the production groundwater supply will proceed during the winter; construction will resume in spring.

Nov 20, 2014
The MVID Directors have revised the proposed well compensation package, and have posted it here for Member review. Please direct questions or comments to Sandra Strieby,

Oct 23, 2014
MVID instream flow project a long time coming

Oct. 22, 2014
3-week project implementation schedule is available here. Pipe welding will start south of the PUD substation and work south. Tree clearing will start south of the Loup Highway, and also work south.

Oct. 16, 2014
Groundbreaking Event, 8 Twisp-Winthrop Eastside Rd, Twisp
11am - 12:30 pm

Map of MVID Groundbreaking Event

Oct. 15, 2014
Individual Well Compensation Proposal, please send comments to Bunny Morgan by Oct. 31, 2014

Oct 2, 2014
Water Rights Changes Challenged

Sept. 16th, 2014
The MVID Directors and Trout Unlimited have agreed upon a proposal for compensating MVID Members who will be converting to individual wells. The Well Compensation Proposal document is posted here for Member Comment until Tuesday, September 30th. To comment, please contact a MVID Director, or Bunny Morgan, by phone or email.

Sept. 11th, 2014
Work on redesigned irrigation district system to begin soon

Sept. 23rd, 2014
The following CORRECTION was submitted to the MV News regarding this article:  MVID members converting to individual wells will remain members of MVID until such time as the Directors decide it is in the best interest of the District to allow them to leave.

August 8th, 2014
The MVID Directors mailed a letter to all the MVID Members on August 8th. The letter announced a members meeting to be held on August 13th, and it also outlined the proposed changes for MVID water rights and infrastructure improvements. The Directors have posted the following contracts for member review: DOE/MVID Trust Water Right Contract; TU/MVID Implementation Contract. Also the Directors have posted their answers to questions submitted by Bill White in April 2014, and answers to other Frequently Asked Questions.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
Special MVID Members Meeting, 7 PM, Twisp Grange. The MVID Directors will update members on the current project scope, including maps, plans for well locations, and water banking information.

Below is the information for the webex and conference call line scheduled for Wednesday 8.13 at 7 PM Pacific.  

Meeting Number: 798 750 172 
Meeting Password: Aug13@2014 

To join the online meeting (Now from mobile devices!) 
1. Go to 
2. If requested, enter your name and email address. 
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: Aug13@2014
4. Click "Join". 

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: 

To join the audio conference only 
Toll-free number: 1-866-919-8387  

Participant passcode: 9371322  

For assistance 
1. Go to 
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support". 

July 2014: The Final Design Drawing Set for the East Main Pipeline was released, and can be viewed here.

July 25th, 2014
The draft Reports of Examination concerning MVID water rights were posted on the WA Dept. of Ecology website.   Comments may be submitted to Ecology prior to Aug. 24, 2014.  Click here to view the reports and for instructions on how to submit comments.

July 3rd, 2014
Twisp will amend well-drilling ban to help irrigation district

June 19th, 2014
Tale of Two Ditches - Modernizing MVID 

June 12th, 2014
Twisp considers irrigation district’s request to drill wells in town

April 17th, 2014
MVID members raise concerns about water delivery strategy

October 2nd, 2013
Test well may determine MVID strategy for serving customers

August, 2013
Final MVID Alternatives Evaluation Report