Canal Irrigation

Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie canal collage
Tunnel No. 1 on the Goshen-Gering-Fort Laramie main canal, inside and out, in 2021: (Left) The “ribs” for support and the metal sheeting installed to improve water flow and decrease water turbulence. (Right top) Water flowing into Tunnel No. 1 during the 2021 irrigation season. (Right bottom) Tunnel No. 1 in the fall, when there is no water in the canal.

Update on the 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout and 2021 Irrigation Season

October 19, 2021
Water flow through the tunnels were returned to 97% of capacity this summer, resulting in near normal water deliveries by the three major irrigation districts in the North Platte Valley during the 2021 growing season.

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Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie supply canal Tunnel No. 1
Image 1. Irrigation water flows through Tunnel No. 1 on the Goshen/Gering-Fort Laramie supply canal in 2021.

Update on 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout, Irrigation Water Outlook for 2021

July 13, 2021
Water deliveries by the four major irrigation districts (Pathfinder, Gering-Fort Laramie, Goshen and Farmers) are expected to be near normal. The districts hope to deliver water to growers through the first week in September.

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Goshen Irrigation District Tunnel No. 2

Update on 2019 Tunnel Collapse and Canal Washout – Water Flowing for 2020 Growing Season

June 18, 2020
Temporary repairs to the tunnels have been made resulting in restoring flow, but at reduced levels. The Gering/ Ft. Laramie Irrigation District is planning for their irrigators to receive only 75 percent of their normal allotment.

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Update on Irrigation Tunnel Repairs Affecting Growers in Nebraska and Wyoming

December 17, 2019
Following a visit from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s top official, twp irrigation districts in the North Platte Valley have selected repair and upgrade options for three tunnels along the main supply canal.

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Irrigation District staff lay down a fabric mat to reduce erosion of excavated soil.

Permanent Repairs Set for Tunnels on Wyoming-Nebraska Irrigation Canal

November 20, 2019
Irrigation Districts serving eastern Wyoming-western Nebraska growers are moving forward with plans to repair tunnels along the 129-mile irrigation canal.

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Water is flowing again at the tunnel entrance on the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal
The Goshen/Gering-Ft Laramie irrigation canal is again supplying water to growers in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming. (Photo by Gary Stone)

Update on North Platte River Valley Canal Irrigation System

September 13, 2019
With a preliminary fix in place for the Goshen/Gering-Ft Laramie irrigation canal, irrigation district and government officials are now looking at the next steps for ensuring the whole canal can be a consistent source of water for upcoming cropping seasons.

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Water is flowing again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal
Water is flowing again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal and tunnel

Water Flowing Again in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen Irrigation Canal

August 30, 2019
Water began flowing in the Gering-Fort Laramie and Goshen irrigation canal early Aug. 28 for the first time in about six weeks. Repairs to a canal tunnel are enough to allow water flow, but likely are not permanent. Our story includes a slideshow and three time-lapse videos of crops growing in the affected area.

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Workers examine the site of the smaller of the two tunnel collapses.
Figure 1. Workers examine the site of the smaller of the two tunnel collapses. This week it was determined that the resulting loss of canal irrigation to growers in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska was an insurable event.

Irrigation Tunnel Collapse Found to be an Insurable Event

August 23, 2019
Today, growers and nearby communities breathed a sigh of relief as the USDA Risk Management Agency announced that the water loss resulting from Goshen/Gering-Ft. Laramie Canal tunnel collapse was an insurable loss.

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