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With funds exhausted by lawsuit, LeClair raises irrigation rates for users

Feb 13, 2013 By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

Legal expenses over the past two years drained the reserves of the LeClair Irrigation District, so the district is increasing its rates to raise capital. The ...


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The Wind River as seen in 2011 at the LeClair Irrigation District's headgate. The smaller LeClair canal is diverted to the left of the river at the gate as shown in the left center of the aerial view. The first few miles of LeClair's canal are visible above the headgate. A dike at issue in an ongoing lawsuit can be seen downstream (right) of the head gate. The dike is a gravel bar extending from the east side of the main channel through a small branch cut on the upstream (left) side of it. Flooding in 2011 washed it away. Photo by Chuck Hoelzen

The Wind River as seen in 2011 at the LeClair Irrigation District's headgate. The smaller LeClair canal is diverted to the left of the river at the gate as shown in the left center of the aerial view. The first few miles of LeClair's canal are visible above the headgate. A dike at issue in an ongoing lawsuit can be seen downstream (right) of the head gate. The dike is a gravel bar extending from the east side of the main channel through a small branch cut on the upstream (left) side of it. Flooding in 2011 washed it away. Photo by Chuck Hoelzen


The Wind River as seen in 2011 at the LeClair Irrigation District's headgate. The smaller LeClair canal is diverted to the left of the river at the gate as shown in the left center of the aerial view. The first few miles of LeClair's canal are visible above the headgate. A dike at issue in an ongoing lawsuit can be seen downstream (right) of the head gate. The dike is a gravel bar extending from the east side of the main channel through a small branch cut on the upstream (left) side of it. Flooding in 2011 washed it away. Photo by Chuck Hoelzen

The Wind River as seen in 2011 at the LeClair Irrigation District's headgate. The smaller LeClair canal is diverted to the left of the river at the gate as shown in the left center of the aerial view. The first few miles of LeClair's canal are visible above the headgate. A dike at issue in an ongoing lawsuit can be seen downstream (right) of the head gate. The dike is a gravel bar extending from the east side of the main channel through a small branch cut on the upstream (left) side of it. Flooding in 2011 washed it away. Photo by Chuck Hoelzen

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