$12 Million? $88 Million? Uncertainty Remains For Irrigation Tunnel Repairs

(Steven Speicher, Platte Basin Timelapse)
October 21, 2019 - 3:45pm

This summer, a century-old irrigation tunnel collapsed in Wyoming. That cut off water for hundreds of farmers, both in Wyoming and Nebraska, where more than 50,000 acres of farmland depend on that irrigation water. 

The tunnel was built in 1917 as part of the Gering-Ft. Laramie-Goshen canal. It takes water from the North Platte River and irrigates about 52,000 acres in Wyoming and 57,000 in Nebraska. The irrigation helps grow corn, beans, alfalfa, and sugar beats.

On July 17 part of roof collapsed, dropping tons of soil into the tunnel and blocking water from getting through the rest of the canal system. 

Fred Knapp of NET News joined the latest episode of Speaking of Nebraska to talk about the damage and what farmers in the area are hoping for. 

Watch the discussion: 



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