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) re-regulating 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
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.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
It is recommended that the project be retained at Level II-Hold status.