Canals Will Come to Life in Rite of Spring


A local rite of spring will occur at approximately 3 a.m. Monday as the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District begins sending waters through the headgates of the Ridenbaugh Canal, beginning a 48-mile journey into 80 sublateral canals. It's estimated that the Nampa and Meridian Irrigation District serves more than 69,000 personal and commercial acres in Ada and Canyon counties. The Ridenbaugh Canal has been operating since 1878.

In the coming weeks, the Boise Project group of Treasure Valley irrigation districts will begin filling canals throughout Southwest Idaho, serving nearly 400,000 acres of irrigated crops and lawns.