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Federal money used for Davie Mesa Ditch repair

Garfield County received a chunk of money from the United States Department of Agriculture to repair a damaged irrigation ditch north of Rifle.A total of $87,500 was granted to the county as part of the Emergency Conservation Program to repair the Davie Mesa ditch near the Rifle Creek Golf Course. The ditch was damaged by a small landslide on May 11 that caused a breach. The landslide and subsequent breach was caused by years of drought-like conditions that caused the soil to crack and separate, according to Leon Padia Garfield County executive director.The funds were used to replace the damaged part of the ditch with irrigation pipes. Padia said the ditch provides irrigation water for four large farms with mostly pasture and hay land.Repair work has already been completed.Funding from the Emergency Conservation Program helps farmers and ranchers in 18 states to rehabilitate land damaged by natural disasters or drought. A total of $16 million was distributed through the program.

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