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140.PROJECT:York/South Side Ditch Rehabilitation Study
LEVEL:New Application
SPONSOR:York Ditch Company - South Side Ditch Company
LOCATION:Sheridan County

The York Ditch and the South Side Ditch both divert from the Tongue River and provide irrigation supply to lands between Dayton and Ranchester. One objective of the study is to identify how best to rehabilitate and repair their conveyance systems that are more than eighty years old. Worn gates, a seeping and failure-prone ditch system, and generally undependable delivery of water plague these delivery systems. Another objective is to provide construction estimates. The yearly costs for maintenance and upkeep of systems have risen dramatically over time. These small ditch companies are seeking alternatives that can provide a delivery system with higher efficiency, less maintenance/upkeep costs, and more effective delivery, especially in drought and short-supply years.

The York and South Side Ditch Companies are incorporated with the Wyoming Secretary of State's Office, but are not a public taxing entity. Dependent on Level I outcomes, both companies may decide on seeking further assistance from WWDC and would then be prepared to organize as a legal, taxing entity to qualify for consideration of Level II and Level III assistance from WWDC.

The WWDC recommends the project be incorporated in the Rehabilitation program at Level I with an appropriation of $60,000.

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