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'Carriage right' extended; will keep LeClair water flowing to city's plant

Jun 16, 2017 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The "carriage right" between the City of Riverton and the LeClair Irrigation District has had 20 more years added to its long-standing partnership.

The carriage right is part of an agreement with LeClair that assists in providing Riverton residents with potable water. The city council approved a renewal of the carriage right during a council meeting.

"It's up for its 20-year renewal again," said city public works director Kyle Butterfield to the city council Tuesday.

Water right

The irrigation district owns and operates the LeClair-Riverton No. 2 canal, which is used to transport surface water from the Wind River to the city's water treatment plant. The water is processed and treated at the water plant. The city also obtains waters through the use of underground wells.

The city received a water right that allowed for a reroute of 10 cubic feet per seconds of water from the Wind River to the city's water treatment plant, and also to support the construction and operation of the plant. The agreement came with the carriage right, established for a period from 1977 to 1997.

"The agreement itself has seen very little changes over the 40 years of its existence," Butterfield said.

The maximum of 10 CFS has not changed over the years either, Butterfield pointed out.

"It basically keeps with our current water demand," he said.

When that agreement term ended in 1997, a new 20-year period was approved. Public works director Kyle Butterfield said one minor change centered on whether the city works on procuring earlier water rights.

"And we include Riverton Valley Irrigation District and the LeClair Irrigation District in that provision," he said. "Before it only listed Riverton Valley Irrigation District."

Payment

The city pays LeClair an annual operation and maintenance fee, which has already been budgeted in the upcoming fiscal year 2018 budget. That amount varies between $20,000 and $30,000 a year, Butterfield said.

In 1977, the agreement was signed by several parties, including then-mayor William Moffat and Lowell Lund, representing LeClair. In 1997, it was signed by then-mayor William S. Eichler and LeClair president Ray Blumenshine.
 

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