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 47. PROJECT:Highline Ditch
LEVEL:New Application
SPONSOR:Highline Watershed Improvement Ditch
LOCATION:Carbon County

The project is located east of Saratoga within the proposed Highline Watershed Improvement District. The main problem is the erosion of the three main irrigation ditches through a steep section of the irrigation ditch flow area. Head cut has not stabilized and is working upstream towards a concrete diversion structure. The county has moved the road once because of the danger and may have to move it again. The ditches are 30 plus feet deep and have combined because of the bank erosion.

A large number of irrigated acres are dependent on this water delivery system. This area produces 2 to 3 tons of hay per irrigated acre and also supplies a large amount of forage for spring and fall grazing as well a considerable amount of forage for area wildlife. The irrigation water delivery system is being threatened and a structure such as a pipe-drop is needed to prevent further erosion. Preliminary design work on this has been done in the past.

The WWDC recommends that the project be incorporated into the Rehabilitation Program at Level II status with an appropriation of $50,000.

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