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.
RECOMMENDED LEGISLATIVE ACTION:
No legislative action is required.