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 88. PROJECT:Wheatland Diversion Dam
SPONSOR:Wheatland Irrigation District
LOCATION:Platte County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 8 1995 II $100,000 1996

The Wheatland Irrigation District serves approximately 55,284 acres and 911 water users. The Wheatland Irrigation District assesses $9.50/acre. The irrigators have an estimated ability to pay of $18.00 - $20.00/acre.

The operation of the Wheatland Tunnel Diversion from the Laramie River into Bluegrass Creek has resulted in fish kills in the Laramie River at least twice in the last 10 years. The fish kills occur when diversions from the Laramie River into Bluegrass Creek are stopped at the end of the irrigation season and the tunnel is shut down for the winter. Water and sediment impounded behind the diversion dam is sluiced into the Laramie River resulting in draining of the impoundment and water quality standards violations. The study investigated structural and management alternatives to prevent these events from occurring in the future.

The Gunbarrel Lateral Ditch is served by the Wheatland Irrigation District and provides water to 15 users irrigating approximately 2,500 acres.

Some sections of the Gunbarrel Lateral Ditch are located in the rights- of-way of county roads and are severely eroded causing public safety concerns. In the past, motorists have accidently driven into the ditch. Much of the ditch was concrete lined over 25 years ago. Some of this lining has deteriorated and will need to be replaced in the next 2 - 10 years. The sponsor is interested in replacing open channels with buried pipe.

The Level II study is underway and will be completed in early 1996.

No legislative action is needed on this project.

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