Project Description

Corder Ditch Abandonment Project

Goal:

Improve irrigation efficiency and in-stream flows as well as reduce thermal inputs to the Big Hole River during summer months.

Objectives:

Abandon approximately 5 miles of ditch and install sprinkler irrigation.

Outcomes:

  • Reduce irrigation demands by 10 cfs.
  • Eliminate thermal return flow from inefficient ditch system.
  • Partners: Kalsta Ranch, Gainey Ranch, MT Department of Environmental Quality, Big Hole Watershed Committee.