The OMID boundary starts east of the town of Palisade, south of the Colorado River at 39 1/2 Road. The boundary line follows the left bank of the Colorado River to the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers. The southern boundary of the District is OMID Canal #2.
The Orchard Mesa Irrigation District (OMID) was organized in 1904, and became part of the Federal Grand Valley Project in 1922. Approximately 9,800 landowners and approximately 4,300 acres are served by the district. OMID's water is diverted from the Colorado River at the Cameo Diversion Dam in DeBeque Canyon.
Transfer of water rights
Water rights are owned by the OMID and are allocated to the land. Water rights cannot be sold separately. When land ownership changes, the water stays with the land. Records showing the amount of water allocated to each parcel of land can be viewed at the Mesa County Assessor's Office and the OMID.
OMID operates and maintains only the delivery canals and headgates. All parts of the delivery systems (ditches, laterals, pipelines) beyond the headgates are the responsibility of the water users. OMID is responsible for 28% of the cost of operation, maintenance and replacement of the Grand Valley Diversion Dam and Government Highline Canal.
Water assessments are collected by the Mesa County Treasurer as part of the property taxes levied on irrigated lands within the district. The OMID is governed by a five-member board of directors elected by the water users at the annual meeting each January. The Board meets on the first Thursday of each month.
Assessments are made to cover cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement and repay loans. Additional assessment information is available by calling the OMID at 970-464-7885.
Orchard Mesa Irrigation District
668 38 Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526