New agreement with Skagit PUD will let farmers irrigate all summer


April 17, 2024

A view of the Skagit River with Mount Baker in the background

Craig Barber

SKAGIT TWOFER – Before the Skagit River can run to the sea, as its north fork does near the Rexville Grange, it starts off as snow on top of Mount Baker and other North Cascades peaks. A sparse 2024 snowpack means lower summer river levels.

With the snowpack at 69% of normal and spring precipitation uncertain, local farmers have one piece of good news: if a drought develops, they can count on water from the Skagit Public Utility District.

On April 9 the PUD approved a one-year interlocal, seasonal transfer for surplus water rights from the PUD to Skagit County Drainage and Irrigation Improvement Districts 15, which supplies water for 8,500 acres on the flats east of Best Road and Consolidated Diking Improvement District 22, which supplies water on Fir Island.

Most of the time, the two districts can pull water from the Skagit Rive...

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