Fire Mountain Canal Annual Meeting
The annual meeting is Thursday, January 24, 2018, at 7:00 pm, at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss, CO.
If you cannot attend, please mail in your signed proxy card or give to your designee. These are needed
to make a quorum to be able to conduct official business. Copies of the Treasurer's report
will be available at the meeting. You may also request a copy by clicking on the FMC email link at
The 2018 irrigation season was successful, a little short, but successful.
Water delivery started April 4, 2018 and continued to August 4, 2018. Due to the lack of run-off
because of low snow pack, we started using reservoir water much earlier than normal, mid-June instead
of July. There were no significant leaks, canal breaks or expensive flood events this year.
ROGERS MESA PIPING PROJECT
Construction has finally started on the FMC piping project across Rogers Mesa this winter.
Bollinger and Queen was awarded the material bid and Telluride Gravel was awarded the construction bid on
December 4, 2018. We received notice to proceed with construction on December 7, 2018.
Contracts were signed on December 13th and Telluride Gravel began construction on December 17th.
Pipe began arriving on site on December 18th. The lower end of the canal (the extension) will be piped
this winter and the upper portion (Leroux Creek to the extension) will be piped the winter of 2019-2020.
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on January 8th beginning at 10:30 AM followed by a gathering at the
Memorial Hall afterwards. See the Fire Mountain website for detailed information. All shareholders are invited.
The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Technical Service Center in Denver has completed 90% design for the new
bulkhead, flow gate replacement and an air vac system at Paonia Reservoir. It is hoped that bids for this
project can go out sometime this coming summer and possibility begin construction the winter of 2019/20.
It is the goal of the BOR, FMC, and the NFWCD to reduce sedimentation storage at the reservoir and ultimately
to be able to maintain water storage capacity.
REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS
The emergency flap gates that were installed last year at several canal spillways didn't get much of an
opportunity to operate this past year due to the lack of rain. The one event we did get, the gates worked great.
The flap gates are designed to automatically open when canal elevations exceed safe levels. During irrigation
season heavy rain events the flap gates will open automatically and dump excess canal flows into natural
drainages along the reach of the canal.
- Paonia Dam Construction: Jan. 1959 - Jan. 1962
- Paonia Reservoir Active Capacity: 15,000 acre-feet
- Fire Mountain Canal Upgrade and Extension: 1959 - 1962
- Fire Mountain Canal Length: 34.7 miles
- Fire Mountain Canal Capacity: 175 cfs at Somerset, 100 cfs at Rogers Mesa
- Number of Shares: 220,155.3
- Number of Share Holders: 488
- Number of Shares needed to = 1 acre foot: 700 in a 24 hr period