Reclamation praises Orchard City Irrigation’s management of Fruit Growers Reservoir

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From the Delta County Indpendent (Hank Lohmeyer):

Dan Crabtree, a BuRec official in Grand Junction, said that in addition to the agency being satisfied with OCID’s management, the reservoir “is in good shape.” His comments came during the OCID annual meeting that was held on Jan. 30 at Orchard City Town Hall.

The District also has moved forward with maintenance initiatives on its system in the last year. A badly corroded valve body and water bypass assembly that is part of the dam was completely rebuilt at a cost of $10,500. Mike Thomas, board president, reported that irrigators’ water shrink (the amount of water lost to the ditch system “leakage”) had been cut by half in parts of the OCID irrigation system. Last year, 42 water carrying weirs and flumes were either adjusted or replaced cutting the amount of water lost, Thomas said. Of those 42, four were on the Fogg Ditch and 38 were on the Butte Ditch. Thomas reported that the OCID’s new online system for water monitoring, water use reporting, and other information “is working really well.” The system is designed to track District water information and user data on a daily basis. “It is running with about 95 percent accuracy,” Thomas said…

In other business at the OCID’s annual meeting, the water commissioner’s office reported that Fruitgrowers Reservoir was filling at 26 to 27 acre feet per day, and was at that time on track to fill by the end of February.

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