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 61. PROJECT:Hugus-Mullison Ditch (Hugus Ditch)
SPONSOR:Hugus Watershed Improvement District
LOCATION:Carbon County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level 81 1999 II $40,000 2000
Level II 36 2000 II $30,000 2002
Level III 2 2001 II $325,000 2005

The Hugus-Mullison Ditch runs northerly through the western part of Saratoga and conveys irrigation water to users in and north of Saratoga. Urban surface water runoff from the developed area west of the ditch and the airport 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.

In 1999 the WWDC conducted a Level I reconnaissance study of the ditch that evaluated the entire ditch system within the town, investigated alternatives and recommend 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 Hugus Watershed Improvement District would like to move forward with the recommended improvements to the Hugus-Mullison Ditch as recommended in the Level II study completed in 2000. The district would like to pursue phases 1 and 2 of a 5 phase rehabilitation project. Phase 1 consists primarily of replacing box culverts at street crossings to increase flow capacity and Phase 2 focuses on providing a concrete lining in portions of the ditch where leakage is most prevalent.

Plans have been prepared and construction has started on this project. However, construction has been stopped because of the winter season. Construction will begin again in March 2002 and should be completed shortly thereafter.

No legislative action is required.

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