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 Level II
project included 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 was investigated along with lining portions of the
main canal and laterals. Further, recommendations were for converting open,
unlined wasteways into piped conveyances. The budget reflected additional work
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 Goshen Irrigation District (GID) would now like to rehabilitate portions of
their irrigation system to increase efficiencies and reduce losses due to seepage
and evaporation. In recent years, the GID has been unable to provide full irrigation
requirements of its users due to these inefficiencies and losses. The cost share
portion of this project will be through construction and labor provided by the district.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
The WWDC recommends the project be placed at Level III status in the Rehabilitation
Program with an appropriation of $1,726,000. The financing would include a 50% grant
for $1,726,000 and a 50 % district cost share of $1,726,000 for a total project budget
of $3,452,000. The financing would include a 50% grant for $1,726,000.