Orchard City: Butte Ditch annual meeting recap

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From the Delta County Indpendent (Hank Lohmeyer):

[Andy] Wick, who served as board president during 2010, reported that the Butte Ditch Company completed a lengthy and involved process of getting about six cfs of tail water, called the Cedar Run Tributary, decreed for company ownership and use. Final word of the decree came on Nov. 11, Wick said. Also during 2010, new company bylaws were approved, and an elegant, hand drawn map from the early 20th century showing the original Butte Ditch has been matted, framed, and hung in the town hall community room. The map display is accompanied by two other original documents: a handwritten letter from 1916 and a list of water users from that same time…

Widener and some shareholders discussed the need for a new water wagon that would be used during ditch burning operations. The condition of the current wagon has raised concerns about the unit’s effectiveness and safety…

Mike Thomas, president of the OCID board, reported there are currently 2,310 acre feet of water stored in Fruitgrowers Reservoir. That is “very encouraging,” he said. The snowpack on Grand Mesa is also looking good for this year’s water supply.

More Gunnison River basin coverage here.

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