The Cokeville Watershed Improvement District has a tri-diversion
structure on the Smith's Fork River above the Town of Cokeville. The
structure serves to divert irrigation water to three channels, which
provides water to approximately 5,000 irrigated acres. In addition, the
structure provides some flood control benefits to the town.
The structure is over thirty years old and in need of rehabilitation.
In addition, the existing configuration has resulted in considerable
trash and gravel problems. Several alternations to the structure have
failed to solve the problem. The Level II study provided a hydraulic
analysis of the structure, prepared a replacement/rehabilitation plan,
and developed conceptual plans and cost estimates for the preferred
The 1996 legislature approved an appropriation of $160,000 to be used to
rehabilitate the diversion structure. The project has been divided into
two phases. The first phase is less costly. It is under design at this
time and will be constructed in 1997. It is hoped this work will
sufficiently address project needs and that the second phase will not be
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.