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 68. PROJECT:Porto Canal Pipeline
SPONSOR:Porto Canal Irrigation Company
LOCATION:Lincoln County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 10 1994 II $100,000   1996
Level III 59 1996 II $808,000* 1999
*60% grant, 40% loan (4%, 30 years)

The Porto Canal Irrigation District serves approximately 1,000 irrigated acres. A Level II feasibility study evaluated the feasibility of replacing the canal with a pipeline to eliminate ditch losses and convert the system to a gravity pressure system.

The current canal system, which is over 30 years old, has obvious erosion and delivery loss problems. The system requires numerous pumps at selected points along the system to complete the transmission of the irrigation water to certain sections of the irrigated lands. The canal users would like to develop and implement a long term rehabilitation plan for the canal and the overall system. A closed, gravity transmission system would greatly reduce their delivery losses and eliminate the need for individual pumping stations.

In 1994, a Level II study was completed. The Level II study found that a pipeline could be constructed at a cost of approximately $20 per acre per year to the users. The project would make the irrigation system more efficient and would result in water savings. In 1995, the project sponsors formed an irrigation district. The district has provided a signed petition, with one-hundred percent of the district members supporting the project.

The project was approved by the 1996 legislature. Legal documents, elections, consultant contracts and design were all completed in 1996. Construction began in the fall of 1996 and will continue up to spring runoff. The project will be completed in 1997.

No legislative action is required.

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