San Carlos irrigation project dry up periods scheduled

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Due to continued construction in the Pinal Lateral and Florence–Casa Grande Canal (FCG), the San Carlos Irrigation Project (Project) will have two extensive dry-up periods on the canal system this year and continuing to next year 2013.

The first dry-up will last five weeks, beginningOct. 29 and running through Mon., Dec. 3. Releases from Coolidge Dam will cease Oct. 26 at 8:00 a.m. and resume as water is requested and available for release on Nov. 30.

Diversions at Ashurst-Hayden Dam will cease Oct. 28 at 8:00 a.m. and resume with any and all available flows from the Gila River on Dec. 2 at 8:00 a.m. Irrigation will resume as canals and reaches are filled under direction of Project personnel.

Irrigation on the Project will resume for three weeks from Dec.3 to Dec. 24.

The Project’s second five-week dry-up will begin Monday, December 24 and continue through Jan. 28, 2013.

Releases from Coolidge Dam will cease Dec. 21 at 8:00 a.m. and resume as water is requested and available for release on Jan. 25. Diversions at Ashhurst-Hayden Dam will cease Dec. 23 at 8:00 a.m. and resume with any and all available flows from the Gila River on Jan. 27 at 8:00 a.m.

Irrigation will resume as canals and reaches are filled under direction of Project personnel.

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