Irrigators Meeting

The SMRID will be conducting semi-annual meetings between irrigators and field staff to discuss operations in the field.

SMRID will be hosting two meetings; one in the early part of the season (spring) and one after the season is complete (fall).

The meetings will take place in the West part of the district in Coaldale and the East part of the district in Bow Island. The locations will be announced shortly but the dates will be June 19th in the West and June 21st in the East from 1:30 pm to 3pm.

The intended audience for these meetings are irrigation farmers and SMRID water supervisors with their management teams.

The agenda will be fairly open starting with the SMRID giving an overview of current operations and water supply at the spring session and a de-brief of operations during the season in the fall session.

This will be an opportunity for open, respectful dialogue to ensure that SMRID is undertaking its commitments while respecting the SMRID Vision, mission and values.

Please RSVP to Debbie Thomas at dthomas@smrid.ab.ca or phone 403-328-4401 to confirm your attendance.

Water Season

Water season starts the week of May 1st 2017. Depending on your land location, you may get water earlier; however you will not be allowed to take water until the main canal is at operating levels. To order your water, contact your water coordinator. 

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 we guarantee that we will never use this information for any other purpose than to communicate to users about district business.

We would also like to 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 smrid@smrid.ab.ca

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

Ongoing Projects

Location: Bow Island Lateral 26 (IRP 1799)  | Proposed Rehabilitation: Buried PVC Pipeline installation (closed gravity) | Expected date of substantial completion: June 30th , 2019


Location: South Grassy Main Lateral ( IRP 2198) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Buried PVC Pipeline installation (closed gravity) | Expected date of substantial completion: June 30th , 2019


Location: Chin Lateral 10 (IRP 2271) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Canal armoring and structures replacement | Expected date of substantial completion: June 30th , 2020

Location: Cameron Lateral (IRP 2212) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Buried PVC Pipeline installation (closed gravity) | Expected date of substantial completion: October 31st , 2023

Location: Forty Mile Dam Safety review | Proposed Rehabilitation: Dam Safety review | Expected date of substantial completion: October 31st , 2017

Location: Dam Safety reviews for Stafford, Grassy Lake and Lateral 10 reservoirs (IRP 2290) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Dam Safety review | Expected date of substantial completion: October 31st , 2017

Location: Dam Safety reviews for 7 Persons, Klaudt and Stornham(IRP 2310) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Dam Safety review | Expected date of substantial completion: October 30th , 2017

Location: Aquatic Weed and Algae Control structures (2015/2016 IRP 2311) | Proposed Rehabilitation: Five sites are being installed at various locations including 4 Gabion walls and 1 Mechanical screen system | Expected date of substantial completion: June 30th , 2017