Engineer Mike Weber presented progress on the McClave Lateral Project at the December meeting of the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District. The study is using a canal system in McClave which had no improvements at all in 2016, with one sprinkler added since.

The object of the study is to see whether modern improvements such as sprinklers, pipes and lined ponds, would improve the quality of the water going back into the Arkansas River. As an overview, the tasks faced by Weber and the LAVWCD were contractor selection, pipe supplier selection, pond sealing projects and a project timeline. Meetings were held with producers affected, landowners adjacent and county employees.

The contractor selection was narrowed to Cordo Construction of Pueblo, Habitat Construction of Rocky Ford, and Mark Carrigan of Lamar. The construction company chosen was Habitat.

The PVC Pipe bidders were Rocky Ford Pipeyard, Ranchers Supply of Lamar, Big R Bridge of Greeley and JM Eagle Pipe of Hotchkiss. Rocky Ford Pipeyard won the pipe contract. The pipe is in process of being laid. It started Dec. 17 and will be done in February.

Weber worked on kinds of material to line the ponds. He favors a spray-on polyurea with a felt base. When set, this material is strong enough for a truck to drive over it. WBS Coating from Grand Junction is the only Colorado company that can supply this material. Selection is still open.

Pipeline and pond lining will be done by March 1, and monitoring will continue through the end of 2021.

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