Irrigation managers at the Nampa & Meridian Irrigation District have announced they will begin diverting water into the Ridenbaugh Canal, starting Monday, April 8.
The district delivers water to about 69,000 acres of Treasure Valley agricultural and residential lands in Ada and Canyon Counties.
It will take several days after the headgates are open to fill the 500 miles of supply and lateral canals with irrigation water.
The water in Valley canals may be attractive on hot days, but the cold, fast-flowing water poses a serious drowning risk to residents. Idaho law prohibits playing in or near canals, which are private property.