The Fayette Irrigation District formed in July, 1998, but the
Fayette Ditch is a very old irrigation system. The original
appropriations date back to 1906, with the bulk of the adjudicated
lands now in a 10 acre minimum lot size subdivision. There is
one ranch with approximately 300 acres. There are 2129 acres to
be assessed, of which approximately 1000 are currently irrigated.
The canal system is in need of rehabilitation, with some lands not
able to obtain their water, and severe erosion occurring in sections
of the main canal. The district has no storage, but the potential
exists to develop water at Burnt Lake. The Level II study proposed
herein will inventory the system, identify needed rehabilitation
and improvements, examine the potential for an improved water supply,
and prepare conceptual designs and cost estimates for those items.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the Rehabilitation
Program at Level II with an appropriation of $75,000.