Rededication of Cozad Canal Tuesday
A century-old irrigation canal, with its head gates in Gothenburg, was rededicated Tuesday.
The ceremony took place at the head gates just west of Cottonwood Drive near Frito-Lay.A restoration project, that began in 2012, was recently completed along the 27-mile canal that begins in Gothenburg and ends near Lexington.
Officials said the undertaking was to create a more efficient irrigation system.
The $6.5 million project was completed in three phases and was a partnership between the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) and Cozad Ditch Company.
152 acres of clearing and grubbing
21 miles of grading
13 new structures that included four farm crossings, six check structures, one under- drain structure, one siphon and a county road wing wall replacement
A river return structure
A Spring Creek Wasteway Structure that entailed the excavation of a Spring Creek channel, 22 walkway changes/extensions and a SCADA monitoring system of gates that includes four flume gates and seven slip meters.
Of the $6,596,860 spent on the project, 40% was from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and CPNRD and 20% was from the Nebraska Environmental Trust. Cozad Ditch will reimburse the NRD 20%.