Irrigation in Montana

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The Commission, 1920 - Irrigation
 

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Page 85 - ... not far from the Yellowstone Park. It has an area of 1,900 square miles, about 20 per cent of which is included in national forests. The southern part of the county is occupied by very high mountains with some peaks over 12,000 feet high. The Crazy Mountains occupy the northwest corner of the county. The Yellowstone River runs from west to east through the middle of the county. Big Timber, Otter, and Sweetgrass Creeks, coming in from the north, and Boulder River, and Upper and Lower Deer Creeks,...
Page 73 - ... Works already contemplated or districts organized 885, 543 Additional area that can be irrigated 2, 266. 000 Total 5,288, 517 A general summary of the irrigation districts before the commission and the results of the State irrigation survey, by counties, follows : PARK COUNTY. Park County lies in the southern part of the State adjoining the Yellowstone National Park. It has an area of 2,700 square miles, over half of which is Included in national forests. The population is 11,000, of which 6,000...
Page 86 - It is probable that from 75,000 to 100,000 acres in -.his county could be irrigated at reasonable cost. In addition to the above possibilities, it has been proposed to irrigate about 200,000 acres of land in the Lake Basin, with water stored in Yellowstone Lake. This would require a very long and expensive canal and involve serious drainage problems, and its feasibility is yet doubtful. On some of the Yellowstone valley lands, irrigation by pumping is feasible. Several good power sites are found...
Page 52 - There have been no water rights adjudicated. The only irrigation districts which have been filed in the county are the Glendive-Fallon Irrigation Project and the Upper Glendive-Fallon Project. Both are described elsewhere in this report. There are several pumping possibilities along the river covering about seven thousand acres. On account of the high river banks and bad lands, irrigation by gravity is very impractical. The average assessment of land in the county is fifteen dollars per acre. There...
Page 87 - It is 15 miles long with a carrying capacity of 75 second feet and serves 3,000 acres of land lying southeast of Big Timber. The Greycliff Irrigation District was created in March, 1920, to irrigate 2,000 acres near Greycliff by enlarging and extending the old Bailey Ditch diverting from Boulder river. Estimated cost is $35 per acre. No bonds have yet been sold and no construction started. FR Hickman of Greycliff is Secretary of the District. Many thousand acres additional can be watered by direct...
Page 81 - COUNTY. Rosebud County in southeastern Montana contains 5,260 square miles. The topography is generally rolling with a wide valley along the Yellowstone River. The soil is a chocolate loam in the low lands and a sandy loam on the benches. Forsyth is the county seat. Its population is 1,838.
Page 75 - Sphinx to irrigate 20.000 acres in Paradise Valley. I can not show that on the map here, but it is north of the park, though, about 20 miles [continuing reading from report] : This project is now held up pending the outcome of the campaign now under way to control the flood waters of Yellowstone Lake. If storage privileges on Yellowstone Lake are secured it is also proposed to enlarge and extend the present Livingston Ditch to add another 20,000 acres to this county. So it speaks of the possibility...
Page 5 - This method also enables the owners of land with direct-flow rights which are not sufficient in all seasons, to form their lands into a district for the purpose of constructing storage works to provide a supplemental water supply. In these cases the expense per acre is usually small, and as the security is in the lands already improved the bonds may become a first lien on property several times its value. It is in these two ways that the law has been applied in the past. Under the Irrigation Commission...
Page 74 - ... national forests. The population is 11,000, of which 6,000 are in Livingston, the county seat. The Gallatin and Bridger Mountains lie along the west side of the county, while the Absarokee and Crazy Mountains are near the east border. Between these mountain borders the Upper Yellowstone Valley and Shields River Valley, extending north and south the full length of the county, contain practically all of the agricultural land. For the further extension of irrigation, water supply is available from...
Page 86 - The land has been irrigated since 1910 by water from Stillwater river, carried by pipe across the Yellowstone. This pipe was washed out in the high water of 1918 and the land has since been without water. Construction on the ditch has been under way for the past year and the cost has greatly exceeded the original estimates. Ninety-three thousand dollars of 6 per cent bonds have been sold at 10 per cent discount. The canal is 90 per cent completed and is expected to deliver water for next year's crops....

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