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 96. PROJECT:Saratoga-Hugus-Mullison Ditch (Hugus Ditch)
SPONSOR:Hugus Watershed Improvement District
LOCATION:Carbon County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level I 81 1999 II $40,000 2000

The Hugus-Mullison Ditch runs northerly through the western part of Saratoga and conveys irrigation water to users in and north of Saratoga. Surface water runoff from the area west of the ditch drains into the ditch causing it to function as a storm sewer as well as an irrigation ditch. There are two manually controlled ditch overflows that can divert water from the ditch to the North Platte River. The ditch appears to be leaking and contributing to the problems of adjoining buildings, property and streets that have developed along the ditch. Under sized culverts and elevated turnouts require ditch operation practices that contribute to the seepage.

The ditch is a co-owned private ditch with an easement/right-of-way through Saratoga. A portion of the ditch was concrete lined in 1983 by the town and a ditch owner. Most of the concrete lining is in good condition. Residential and commercial development above the ditch has increased storm water flow into the ditch and development under the ditch has continued and is affected by ditch seepage.

In 1999 the WWDC conducted a Level I reconnaissance study of the ditch that will evaluate the entire ditch system within the town, investigated alternatives and recommended needed improvements. The needs of the community and the ditch owners/users were addressed in this study. The irrigation water users formed the Hugus Watershed Improvement District in 1999 which is the sponsor for the Level II project.

The WWDC recommends that the project be advanced to Level II status in the Rehabilitation Program with an appropriation of $30,000.

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