White River Irrigation District 1000 Canal Clearance Begins

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Contractors begin work near DeValls Bluff for the three kilometer section of Canal 1000 for the White River Irrigation District.

Contractors moved near DeValls Bluff and earthworks began on the White River Irrigation District (WRID) Canal 1000, which is a three-kilometer section in Prairie County.

It is the first soil work for the construction of the canal.

The work is an important step towards seeing the project scale towards its goal of providing affordable water to farmers in parts of Prairie, Monroe, Lonoke and Arkansas counties with much needed water for them. cultures.

“We have focused on starting the construction of the canal since the completion of the reservoir that will feed this canal. It’s been three long years, but the next three years will show it was worth the effort, ”said Dan Hooks, Chairman of the Board of WRID. “We have a lot to do, but it will be an exciting time as the water flows to the farms through this channel. “

Previous work includes a pumping station, 7,500 feet of twin 10-foot diameter pipelines, and a 70-acre control tank built by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Contractors begin work near DeValls Bluff for the three kilometer section of Canal 1000 for the White River Irrigation District.

The prime contractor for Canal 1000 is Garrett Excavating, of Hot Springs, with local contractors John Neukam, of DeWitt, and Dale Shook, of Casscoe / Stuttgart, doing most of the clearance. Bids for this work ranged from $ 3.6 million to $ 5.2 million. The money was raised through a grant from the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) as well as loans from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture.

WRID will administer the contract and NRCS will share the construction inspection duties.

“We’ve been working on this part for just over a year,” WRID engineer Tony Stevenson said in April.

The contractor plans to complete most of the earthworks this fall.


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