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The District is not required to accept runoff into its works nor is it responsible for any flood damages caused by rainfall or snowmelt events. Our canals are designed for delivering water and not for drainage; however, some runoff water does get into them and also into our reservoirs. If too much water gets into our canals or if we have to spill large amounts of water out of our reservoirs to keep them from overfilling, it can cause erosion and damage downstream. Therefore, no one is allowed to pump or otherwise introduce water into our canals and drains without first getting permission from the District, because there may not be enough capacity in the system to take the extra water at that time.
The District will accommodate drainage the best it can; however, there will be flooding during extreme runoff events, despite everyone’s efforts. If water is allowed to drain too quickly, it just transfers a bigger problem downstream. Water quality will be a consideration when allowing runoff water to be introduced into our canals and drains. Runoff from feedlots, for example, is not to be directed into our canals or drains. SMRID will not be held liable for the quality of water entering or being introduced into its works and individuals will be charged for damages which they cause to the irrigation works of the District.