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 43. PROJECT:Goshen Re-regulating Reservoir
SPONSOR:Goshen Irrigation District
LOCATION:Goshen County
PROGRAM:New Development
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 10 1994 I Hold   1996
Level II 15 1996 I Hold   1998
Level II 82 1998 I Hold* 2000
*A total appropriation of $15,000 is available for projects on hold

The Goshen Irrigation District serves 52,484 acres and approximately 355 irrigators. The present assessment is $18.76/acre.

In 1992, the GID requested an evaluation of a small (1000 acre feet) reregulating reservoir. The reservoir was planned to be located on Horse Creek, upstream of siphon #4. A small reservoir at this location would enable the district to better regulate delivery of water to lands at the end of the system. In addition, a dam at this site would store water when storms allow water deliveries to be reduced. At the present time, water in the canal is wasted when calls for irrigation water are reduced due to rain. Six thousand (6,000) acre feet of water could be saved annually if the reservoir was constructed.

The recently completed Level II study evaluated several alternate dam sites. The original site at the Horse Creek Siphon was determined to be the most cost effective. Conceptual designs and cost estimates were prepared. A final report was completed in December, 1993.

Negotiations between the district and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Gering Fort Laramie Irrigation District must be successfully completed if the project is to proceed. The district has decided to postpone any further planning for this project until institutional constraints involving water rights and wetland mitigation issues are resolved.

It is recommended that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.

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