(Neb)-$131K Donation To Irrigation Tunnel Repairs Targeted At Landowners
TORRINGTON, Wyo - A trust set up by a longtime Torrington-area farming family has donated $131,000 to the Goshen Irrigation District to help fund permanent repairs to the Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation Canal tunnel that collapsed this summer.
The trustees of the Art and Pat Damrow Trust had announced the gift in late August, a $2.50 per acre donation for each landowner that uses the canal - half the assessment increase the Goshen district is imposing to help with the project.
Trustee Ted Bentley told the irrigation district board during check presentation this week that the Damrows "would be proud to have helped farmers and landowners in this catastrophic situation." Pat Damrow died in 2014 and Art in 2017 at age 106.
The tunnel collapse, which also caused a major breach in the canal, left producers on over 100,000 acres about evenly split between Nebraska and Wyoming without water for about 6 weeks until temporary repairs were made.
The Gering Ft. Laramie Irrigation District Board also met this week and the two boards will meet shortly to decide on permanent repairs and how the project would affect next year's irrigation season.
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