Fish managers request notice before irrigation shutdown
State officials want to rescue fish trapped in canals
Last updated 9/26/2019 at 9:17am
SUNNYSIDE – State officials want farmers and ranchers to notify them before shutting off irrigation for the winter.
"We are available to help people shut down their irrigation systems in a way that protects fish," agency Fish Screening Manager Danny Didricksen said. "We work with diking districts, irrigation districts, and individual farmers to rescue trapped fish and return them to their stream.
He said irrigators should slowly decrease irrigation flow and maintain a minimum flow of 50 inches, so officials can rescue trapped fish.
“We hope everyone who uses irrigation systems will take advantage of this free service."