Six months later a lot of irrigation infrastructure is still not in place after the September #COflood

New Saint Vrain River channel after the September 2013 floods -- photo via the Longmont Times-Call
New Saint Vrain River channel after the September 2013 floods — photo via the Longmont Times-Call

From CBS4Denver.com:

Much of the infrastructure that irrigates Colorado farmlands was destroyed last September, and people are racing against the clock before the spring runoff. This year, those who rely on snowpack will get their share but the problem is getting that water where it needs to be…

Sean Cronin of the Saint Vrain and Left Hand Water Conservancy District says, “irrigating crops in Colorado is absolutely critical.”

He feels getting the irrigation infrastructure intact and running is a number one priority. The floods wiped out dozens of floodgates and diversions. This included the main highland ditch system in Lyons. That system provided water to about 40, 000 acres of farmland and rural communities.

Most areas have been quick to repair damages and are expecting many of the water ditches to be ready by April 1st.

Other areas, like near the Big Thompson and Saint Vrain water districts, may not be ready until October.
“That’s an example of the magnitude that we were looking at,” said Cronin.

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