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 60. PROJECT:LeClair Lateral
SPONSOR:LeClair Irrigation District
LOCATION:Fremont County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level III 28 1994 II $750,000* 1999
*100% grant for invoiced materials only. The sponsor is responsible for all other project costs.

Flow measurements on the LeClair Canal were conducted as part of the Wind River Basin Study. The data generated in this study identified the high water loss areas in the canals and estimated those losses. The district requested that an assessment of the laterals under the canal be conducted. The proposed Level III project will address up to fifteen (15) of the laterals within the main canal system.

The LeClair laterals have areas of high exfiltration which require considerable maintenance. These open canals will be replaced by buried pipelines. This will greatly reduce both maintenance costs and water losses. The estimated total project cost is $1,500,000.

In 1994, the Commission recommended the project be advanced in the Rehabilitation Program to Level III status with an appropriation of $750,000. The recommended financing plan provided that the appropriation be used as a grant for purchasing project materials. Payments will only be made for materials invoiced to the district. The district will be responsible for all costs related to project design, permit procurement, land procurement, construction engineering and construction of the project.

During 1995, 1996 and 1997, Phases I and II of construction were completed. Six lateral ditches were upgraded by installing pipelines in the laterals. The design of further improvements under Phase III has been completed, but has been delayed due to the lengthy process of obtaining easements on Tribal and allotted lands of the Wind River Reservation. It is anticipated that the construction process will continue to be phased through the spring of 1999.

No legislative action is recommended for this project.

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