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Durango Co | Florida Ditch Company

History

The Florida Farmers Ditch Company was formed in 1889, and the Florida Canal Company in 1893, in order to provide adjudicated irrigation water to agricultural water users on the Florida Mesa near Durango, Colorado. The Florida Englargement Canal Company and the Florida Co-Operative Ditch Company were formed in 1908 and 19910 respectively, which expanded delivery of agricultural water to farmers on the Florida Mesa.

Service Area

Collectively, the Florida Mesa Ditch Companies provide water to 329 shareholders serving 18,700 acres of irrigated Agriculture. The Florida Farmers is decreed for 45 cfs, Florida Canal for 40 cfs, Florida Canal Enlargement is decreed for 40 cfs, and the Florida Co-operative is decreed for 30 cfs for a total decreed rate of flow of 155 cfs for irrigation purposes. In addition, the Florida Mesa canal companies provide water to Pastorius Reservoir, which is a Colorado State Wildlife Area. On average the Florida Mesa Canal Companies deliver 24, 125 acre-feet of water per year. The Florida Canal Companies operate 86.5 miles of canals, ditches and laterals. The Florida Mesa Canal Companies' budgets are supplemented by the Florida Water Conservancy District.

The Florida Project

In the 1930's, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation conducted feasibility studies for construction of the Florida Project, and Lemon Reservoir was constructed in 1963 which provides supplemental irrigation water for 19,450 acres of agricultural land. Lemon Reservoir is approximately 0.5 miles wide and 3 miles long with a surface area of 622 acres, and a total capacity of the reservoir is 40,146 acre feet. In additiona to the construction of Lemon Dam, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation work included rebuilding the Florida Farmers Diversion Dam, enlarging 3.9 miles of the Florida Canal, and building a new lateral system to serve about 3,360 acres of land in the southeast portion of the Florida Mesa. Including the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, there are 973 project users which during an average year are delivered approximately 24,360 acre feet of water to users on the Florida Mesa. This Project water is delivered through the conveyance system owned and operated by the Florida Mesa Canal Companies.

USER NOTICES

Latest News

2018 Annual Meeting - Thursday December 6th, 2018

The Annual Meeting of the Florida Consolidated Ditch Company will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday December 6th, 2018 at the Florida Mesa Grange Hall. This meeting will include 2018Financial Review, 2019 Budget Review and the election of 2 Board Members.