How to Maintain Your Private Ditch

Ditch Maintenance for Private Ditches

In the spring the landowner should burn the grass and trash in their ditch. This will allow them to see any problems with the banks or bottom. It will also let the water flow unhindered by the dead grass. It should stop some of the problems of plugging of structures.

The next thing the user should do is make sure that their parshall flume is in working order. This is done by first making sure that the parshall is level. This means you should make sure that the entrance bottom of the parshall is level down the centerline and side to side. Make sure that there are no holes under or along the sides so that all the water goes through the parshall. The water should pond slightly in front of the parshall so that the correct velocity is achieved in the parshall. If the water runs too fast through the parshall, you will receive less water than you deserve.

A ditch shaped like a trapezoid is the best shape.The next thing is to clean the ditch. The farmer would normally use a V Ditcher behind a tractor. A ditch shaped like a trapezoid is the best shape. If a V Ditcher is not available, a small track hoe or backhoe is your next best option. This will cut more of a square ditch, but this will work also.

Your ditch should be cleaned on both sides as well as the bottom. A qualified operator should be able to determine if more material should be taken from one or the other. Taking more material out of the ditch is to be avoided, as this will make future ditch cleans harder.



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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.

STOCK WATER RUN will occur from Nov 12th, 2018 to Nov 18th, 2018

STOCK WATER RUN will occur from Nov 12th, 2018 to Nov 18th, 2018 for the Florida Consolidated Ditch Company.  For more information please visit or call 970-749-9800 or 970-749- 9801.

07.06.2018 - We just received notice that the 2018 Irrigation Season End date is this Sunday 07/08/2018

07.06.2018 - We just received notice that the 2018 Irrigation Season End date is this Sunday 07/08/2018

Notice regarding Postcard advertising Class C Shares for Sale

If you received a postcard advertising Class C Certificates for sale, please be advised of the following information:


  1. The postcard is a solicitation for a private sale and is not from either the Florida Consolidated Ditch Company (FCDC) or the Florida Water Conservancy District.
  2. FCDC Class C shares are subject to the rules and regulations of the FCDC.
  3. FCDC shares of stock include the delivery of direct flow water rights only, and do not include storage water from the Florida Water Conservancy District.
  4. To be eligible for share ownership in the FCDC, the shareholder must own sufficient land within the decreed lands of FCDC that can be irrigated with water represented by those shares without waste. The water must be deliverable through the FCDC network in order to be used by the prospective buyer.  This means that, if you are considering purchasing this water, you must have a conveyance system from an existing head gate off the FCDC canal system.
  5. FCDC will only transfer share certificates if the original water certificate is presented to the ditch company and signed by the owner of record, and the appropriate transfer fees are paid. In the event that the share certificate is lost, the shareholder may follow FCDC’s procedures for issuance of a duplicate stock certificate and pay the appropriate fees.
  6. Water will only be delivered if all assessments are paid in full, and the conveyance system is in working order.
  7. The delivery of water will occur only when the water rights represented thereby are in priority.  C water shares have priority F-68.  A purchaser should consider when the water will be available during the irrigation season. In dry years, water represented by C shares may be available on a limited basis either because it is only available for a few days, at a curtailed rate, or both.
  8. If you purchase C shares, you must follow the ditch company rules with regard to moving the delivery point of the water.  Currently the delivery point for the water listed for sale is near the intersection of C.R. 302 and Heart Lane.  FCDC prohibits the creation of new headgates, so water must be delivered to an existing headgate.  Applications to move water must be put in writing to the FCDC, which application will be considered by the board of directors at its next meeting.  The board will consider among other things:  the ability of the proposed headgate and ditch to handle the diversion of additional water, and the potential injury at the current point of diversion due to the water being removed from delivery at that location. 
  9. When the movement of water to a different headgate or ditch affects other water users on a lateral, all users so affected must authorize the move, and submit written acknowledgement to the Ditch Company, or the applicant must submit a court order authorizing the move.
  10. If you are considering purchasing this water, you should consult your own attorney and/or water engineer prior to determine the feasibility of utilizing this water on your property.
  11. The FCDC ditch secretary cannot give you legal advice.  Please do not call the FCDC number for advice.