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 38. PROJECT:Goshen Irrigation Improvement
LEVEL:New Application
SPONSOR:Goshen Irrigation District
LOCATION:Goshen County

The project is located in central Goshen County just south of the North Platte River. The project area covers 52,484 acres with 355 irrigators. The project would include a feasibility analysis of installing remote canal level monitors within the main canal and several laterals. In addition, the installation of automated gates on spillways would be investigated along with lining portions of the main canal and laterals. Further, recommendations for converting open, unlined waste-ways into piped conveyances would be made and previous reports completed on alternatives to the existing silt run would be reviewed and cost estimates updated. Cost estimates and preliminary designs for these project components would be prepared and a financing plan would be developed as part of the study. Finally, an economic evaluation of the Goshen Irrigation District's (GID) ability to repay existing and additional debt will be completed.

The budget reflects additional work that may be needed to address Endangered Species Memoranda of Agreement, North Platte lawsuit, and Clean Water Act (Sections 402, 404) concerns.

When constructed, the improvements will reduce seepage losses in canals and laterals and enable GID to better account for water spilled back to the North Platte, water gained from precipitation and runoff into the canals, and water conveyed to the Gering Fort Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska.

The WWDC recommends that the project be incorporated into the Rehabilitation Program at Level II status with an appropriation of $75,000.

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