The Fayette Irrigation District was formed in July 1998, but the Fayette Ditch is a very old
Irrigation system. The original appropriations date back to 1906, with the bulk of the adjudicated
lands now in a 10-acre minimum lot size subdivision. There is one ranch with approximately 300
acres. There are 2129 acres to be assessed, of which approximately 1000 are currently irrigated.
The canal system is in need of rehabilitation, with some lands not able to obtain their water, and
severe erosion occurring in sections of the main canal.
The Level II study conducted an inventory of the system, identified needed rehabilitation and
improvements, examined the potential for an improved water supply, and prepared conceptual
designs and cost estimates for those items.
The Fayette Irrigation District received a year 2000 100% loan in the amount of $98,500 to
rehabilitate headgates, drop structures, diversions and irrigation canals from Water Development
Account II. The district has indicated that it will not proceed with the project, having
only received loan funds and making the project economically unfeasible for the district
members. The project has a funding reversion date of July, 2004.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.