Richmond Irrigation Company provides irrigation water to approximately 6,000 acres of agricultural land. The Upper High Creek Canal is the primary conveyance canal owned by the irrigation company. The project is to enclose eight miles of the canal and install two small hydropower plants along the new pipeline. FCE is assisting the company with funding acquisition, project planning, design, bid & award, and construction management services.
Design elements include a new diversion dam on Upper High Creek, a regulating reservoir to provide a consistent supply and consistent pressures throughout the system, tow hydropower facilities, PRV stations, meters on all major turnouts and laterals, and a terminal structure to discharge in existing drainage ditch. A portion of the existing canal has been left operational to provide for storm drain services for Richmond City. Easements were acquired for parcels where the pipeline deviated from the existing alignment. As part of the requirements from USBR, an Environmental Assessment (EA) was prepared. Pipe type includes HDPE and PIP. Pipe size ranges from 36 inches to 15 inches. Design flow in the pipeline is 30 cfs. Coordination with Cache County, Richmond City, State of Utah, Rocky Mountain Power, USBR, and local residents has been critical. Funding has been obtained from the Reclamation WaterSMART program ($1 million grant) and the State of Utah ($3.7 million loan). FCE assisted in the bid and award process in selecting the contractor and FCE is providing construction management services.