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 42. PROJECT:Fayette Irrigation District
SPONSOR:Fayette Irrigation District
LOCATION:Sublette County
Purpose Chapter Session Account Appropriation Due Date
Level II 81 1999 II $75,000   2000
Level III 96 2000 II $98,500   2004
Level III 88 2002 II $75,000* 2005
*Reduced appropriation from $98,500 to $ 75,000 at sponsor's request.

The Fayette Irrigation District would like to rehabilitate a major conveyance ditch known as the West Lateral. This portion of the system has the potential to irrigate 403 acres or roughly 19% of the total adjudicated acres in the district. A Level II study by WWDC was completed in 1999.

The district is eager to repair their aging system and is wary of involuntary abandonment of their water rights. This district holds a 1906 water right for approximately 21 cfs; and another right secured in 1952 for 7.45 cfs. By completing the rehabilitation of this irrigation system, WWDC can prevent the loss of this water to downstream out of state users.

While most lots are broken into 10 acres, there are several district members who own several lots and are able to produce hay for sale. The largest agricultural production occurs on 300 acres of irrigable land known as the Christmann Ranch.

The 1999 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 2000 session of the legislature authorized a Level III project loan of $98,500 for a period of 20 years at 7.25% interest. The project has a reversion date of July 1, 2004. The sponsor declined to move forward with the project due to financial concerns.

The sponsor is currently rehabilitating a smaller portion of the conveyance system, which would result in a smaller debt load to the District. The sponsor's request was approved by the 2002 legislature. An engineer has been hired and design work is underway. Repairs should be completed in the late fall of 2003.

No legislative action is required.

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