Summer 2016

Water Shut off date for 2016 Irrigation Season

Water shut off date for the 2016 irrigation season is Oct. 7, 2016. This is for the St. Mary River Irrigation District, Raymond Irrigation District, and the Taber Irrigation District. Please ensure that your Irrigation requirements have been fulfilled prior to this date. This includes filling your dugouts for winter.

Water Users Email Addresses

The St. Mary River Irrigation District is developing a list of e-mail addresses of all water users in the district.

We are doing this in an attempt to streamline communications between the district office and the users, especially when important time sensitive information needs to be communicated with the water users.

By way of this letter (click here) we guarantee that we will never use this information for any other purpose than to communicate to users about district business.
We would also assure everyone that these addresses will never be shared with anyone.

Over the next few weeks we will be attempting to contact everyone to obtain addresses or if you wish to sign up to receive news and other information from the district please contact us at

Terrence Lazarus R.E.T.
General Manager
ST. Mary River Irrigation District

Can we check out your wheat stubble?

The take part in a field survey to fight wheat pests.

Farming Smarter needs volunteer fields in County of Lethbridge and MD of Taber to conduct pest monitoring for Alberta Agriculture & Forestry. We're looking for fields that have 2016 wheat stubble beside 2015 wheat stubble. We need seven sites in County of Lethbridge - 4 dryland and 3 irrigated fields to sample for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly. In MD of Taber we need 3 dryland and 2 irrigated fields sampled for wheat midge and wheat stem sawfly.

Please Click on the link below for more information.

Farming Smarter

2016 Water Allocation

The SMRID Board of Directors has increased the 2016 water allocation at the farm gate from 16 inches to 18 inches motioned as of August 18th, permanent irrigation acres can now apply an additional 2 inches of water.

Important Reminders

Household Purpose Agreement payment due by February 29, 2016.

Alternate Parcel Agreements due March 11, 2016.

Alternate Parcel Agreement fees due upon signing.

Water Rates due by December 31, 2016.

Discount of 3% if paid by October 31, 2016.

Penalty of 8% applied to 2015 and earlier water rates unpaid on January 1, 2016 and July 1, 2016.

Penalty of 8% applied to Household Purpose Agreement rates unpaid on March 1, 2016.

Attention SMRID Water Users

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SMRID water users can save 10% at National Car Rentals and 5% at Enterprise Rent-a-Car! Click on the link below and make your reservation now!


2016 Board of Directors Election

Nominations for the SMRID Board of directors for 2016 in Division 1 and in Division 4 have closed at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17th, 2016.

The results are, Division 1 Gary Tokariuk is returning elected by acclamation, and in Division 4 Alex Ostrop is elected by acclamation replacing retiring board member LeRon Torrie.

Congratulations to both Gary and Alex, and happy retirement LeRon!

SMRID Snow Pack Data

Please follow the below link for Alberta Environment's water management page, this provides access to snow pack data, and precipitation data for Southern Alberta, as well as other valuable information. Please click here

The U.S. Northwest River Forecast Center also tracks this information for:

Akamina Snow pillow please click here

Flattop Mountian snow pillow please click here

Many Glacier Snow pillow please click here

Both Environment Canada and the US National Weather Service are predicting above normal temperatures and normal precipitation for the next 3 to 4 months.

SMRID internal reservoirs are around normal storage for this time of the year

The current snowpack above the SMRID is within the normal range for this time of the year.

With the current snowpack and storage, management feels that we will have enough water for a normal start-up and for the season. Ample supplies for the entire season will be dependent upon normal precipitation continuing from now until spring thaw. March and April are the months that have the snowstorms that produce the wettest snow.

SMRID Water Ordering, Delivery and Shut off

Ordering, Delivery and Shut-off of Water: Water delivery must be arranged by contacting the appropriate Water Coordinator by 1:00p.m. at least 24 hours prior to the time the water is required. Cell phones are issued to all Water Coordinator for this purpose. Water users must be prepared to receive the water on the parcels for which it is ordered and to make continuous use of the water on the parcel until shut-off. Water will be delivered to the delivery point for the parcel as indicated on the "classification sheet". Changes to delivery points may be allowed upon approval of the SMRID. Water delivery must be stopped by contacting the Water Coordinator at least 24 hours prior to the time you wish delivery to be terminated. 24 hours is required for shutdowns due to rain, high winds or low temperatures. Failure to order water on or off in the prescribed manner will result in locking of the District works. Future operation of these works will only be allowed by District personnel. Water delivery changes will be accepted Monday - Friday. Saturday delivery changes are at the discretion of each Water Supervisor.

Growing Forward 2 Irrigation Efficiency Program

The Irrigation Management Branch of Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is launching a new five-year Irrigation Efficiency Program under the Growing Forward 2 suite of agricultural programs. A Terms and Conditions document, an Application Form, and a template for a Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan are available at the Growing Forward 2 website, . Irrigators that upgrade their irrigation systems may be eligible for up to $5000 in grant funding from the Irrigation Efficiency Program. Funding is limited each year, so applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Changes To SMRID Discount Rate

St. Mary Irrigation District is announcing changes to its Discount Rate effective January 1, 2016. This effects Permanent and Annual Water Rates. The change to the discount rate has been approved by board motion and is based on changes to economic conditions.

The discount rate will be 3% for payments made between: January 1, 2016 - October 31, 2016.

St. Mary River Irrigation District has the following options to pay your bill: cash, cheque, debit machine and online banking (check your bank for availability).

We do not accept: credit card payment and for your protection e-Transfers as business corporations are not set up on this platform; and we cannot guarantee payments transferred through an email have been processed or received by the district.


SMRID's new office is located at 525 40th Street South, Lethbridge, Alberta.

SMRID Irrigation Acre Sale Update

In 2011 the waterusers voted to increase the District from 372,000 irrigation acres to 412,000 irrigation acres, an increase of 40,000 acres. Engineering reviews indicated that not all of these acres could go into one area due to capacity issues on the canal system. The District was then split into four blocks. Block 1 runs from Ridge Reservoir to Chin Reservoir, Block 2 runs from Stafford Reservoir to 40 Mile Reservoir, Block 3 runs from 40 Mile Reservoir to Sauder Reservoir and Block 4 runs from Sauder Reservoir to Medicine Hat.

As of May 2015 the District has sold or has deposits on approximately 19,000 acres with a majority of these acres being sold in Block 2. We have reached the number of irrigation acres that had been indicated that we could handle in this block. The Board has reviewed this matter and wish to monitor the situation for several years before making any final decisions as to capacity in this area. As of this date no further acres will be sold in block 2 other than the ones we currently have deposits on. Sales in the other 3 blocks will not be affected.

Proposed Increase
Acres Sold or Deposits received to date
Block 1
Block 2
Block 3
Block 4


Parcels within Block 2 can still be developed if irrigation acres are acquired from another parcel within Block 2.

Please Click here for Who Can and How to Acquire Acres or here for a map of the SMRID Expansion Blocks.

AgroClimatic Information System or ACIS

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development is bringing you up-to-date Alberta weather and climate data with a AgroClimatic Information System or ACIS. This site is an interactive tool that helps producers, farm consultants, and researchers to see Alberta weather forecasts, browse over 10,000 maps of Alberta weather and Alberta climate related information, and access near real time station data from over 350 meteorological stations operating in the province of Alberta. The maps and weather data describe Alberta's weather, climate and related agriculture features to help with your long-term planning and decision-making throughout the growing season. Please visit the site via the link below.

Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development's ACIS website

Alternate Parcel Irrigation Agreements

Closed for 2016 irrigation season

This policy is to cover the temporary transfer of water from an irrigated parcel to a dry parcel. The agreements are legislated to be for a period of one year.

Agreements come into effect on May 1 and terminate on December 31.

The deadline for the 2016 Alternate Parcel Agreements is March 11, 2016. Any agreements after that date and prior to April 1, 2016 will also be charged an additional $200 late fee plus GST.

We will not accept Alternate Parcel Agreements after April 1, 2016 deadline.

Please go the Buy / Sell / Lease Irrigation Acres page of our wesite for more information.

Buying Permanent Irrigation Acres

Customer wanting to buy Water Rights in SMRID block 2 only please call 403-382-9578

Please Click here for a Map of the SMRID Expansion Blocks.

Selling Permanent Irrigation Acres

Cindy Bohnet 25.0ac. 403-525-5787

Glen Campbell 18.0ac. 403-545-2902

Fritz Dekker 10.0ac. 403-502-7981

Herman Larrman 15.0ac. 403-329-0581 HM 403-892-7786 CELL

Pat Pavan 2.0ac. 403-327-7422

Penny Marshall 15.0ac. 403-652-2650

Sid Sietz 3.5ac. 403-581-9342

Jim Turnbull 11.5ac. 780-436-2296 HM (780-436-6991 WK)

Leasing Irrigation Acres 2016 Season


Closed for 2016 irrigation season


Please contact the Lethbridge SMRID office 403-328-4401 for Alternate Parcel Agreements for the 2016 season.

SMRID'S Main Office is located at
525 40 Street South Lethbridge, Alberta
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4M1
Phone: 403-328-4401 Fax: 403-328-4460
Office hours Monday-Friday
8:15am - 12:00am 1:00pm -4:30pm
SMRID's Bow Island office is located at
702 Centre Street, Bow Island, Alberta
P.O. Box 328, Bow Island, Alberta, TOK OGO
Phone: 403-545-6866 Fax: 403-545-2517
Office hours Tuesday - Thursday
10:00am - 12:00pm 12:30pm - 3:00am


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