The Kennewick Irrigation District will receive $1 million in federal money to continue work to line earthen canals, the Bureau of Reclamation announced Thursday.
The money for KID was among $32.6 million in grants announced Thursday by the Bureau of Reclamation for local projects to improve water efficiency and provide a strengthened federal response to potential drought in the West. The U.S. Department of Agriculture also distributed $15 million.
The KID money will be used to help line 7.2 miles of canal with high-density polyethylene as part of a $3.9 million project. The irrigation district will cover the remaining $2.9 million, which includes labor costs.
Since 2007 about 22.8 miles of earthen canal have been lined, said Chuck Freeman, KID manager. Lining keeps more water in the canal by reducing seepage into surrounding soil.
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“We have been working on this for many, many years and have about 10 years left,” he said. About 42 miles of earthen canal remain.
Work on lining the next 7.2 miles of canal will start after the end of this year’s irrigation system when water is shut off.
Plans include lining 2.5 miles of the Badger East Canal in a rural area, part of the Division Four canal, including from Irving Street to the ninth hole at Canyon Lakes Golf Course, and the Highland Feeder canal in the area of the break that flooded several homes earlier this month.