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Garrison Diversion Prepares Master Plan

ND Water - June 2017

In the heart of North Dakota lies the McClusky Canal, a valuable conveyance feature providing water for recreation, wildlife, and irrigation. Constructed from 1969 to 1976, the canal was designed to irrigate up to 250,000 acres. Today, irrigation from the McClusky Canal has
not reached its full potential, but the Garrison Diversion Conservancy District (Garrison Diversion) is committed to investing in irrigation development and enhancement in North Dakota.

The McClusky Canal
The McClusky Canal is 73.6 miles long and was designed to carry 1,950 cubic feet per second (cfs) for the irrigation of up to 250,000 acres, as well as to provide water for municipal and rural water systems. The canal was constructed as a part of the Garrison Diversion Unit
authorized in 1965. The original project scope was revised through the Garrison Diversion Reformulation Act of 1986 and the Dakota Water Resources Act of 2000 (DWRA), and, as a result, authorized irrigation acres were drastically decreased while other components, such as funding for municipal, rural, and industrial water systems, were increased.

Currently, the McClusky Canal has 51,700 authorized irrigable acres along the 59 miles of canal that are within the Missouri River Basin, but the majority of these acres are undeveloped. Garrison Diversion’s vision is to work with landowners and producers to develop the authorized acreage into successful irrigation projects.

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