CAN I CLEAN AN IRRIGATION CANAL OR DRAINAGE DITCH?
Yes, with assistance. Support available.
Prior to any modifications that could influence river, irrigation canal, or drainage ditch flow (e.g., clearing, digging, or diking), contact GVID (for smaller projects) or ADWR (for larger projects). Permits may be necessary if the proposed work will change flow rates through the irrigation canal or drainage ditch, and USACE permits will be required if the project is large enough to influence river flow direction.
Review the “Modify, Clear, or Stabilize the River Channel” section for information about alterations to the river channel itself.
Assistance and support for canal maintenance may be available through NRCS or GVID. Projects targeted on streambank stabilization may also be eligible for support through local agencies.
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For More Information, Contact:
Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR)
602.771.8649 (Engineering and Permits Division)
Gila Valley Irrigation District (GVID)
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
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