R&G C-Flume Contract & Addendums
2011 - 2012 Hydro Project
C Hydro Project is completed.
The hydro facility replaced the old Enterprise hydro plant which burned down some 50 years ago. The facility is located near the KID headquarters where the A canal supplies water to the Upper C canal.
The C-Drop project includes an intake structure, fore bay, powerhouse, and a 150-foot transmission line. While the initial anticipated flow of the run-of-canal project is 550 cubic feet per second, a 700-cfs vertical Kaplan turbine is to be installed to accommodate increased flow in the future. This increases from a 900 kW project to a 1.1 MW project which translates to a potential 3,600 MWh.
The amount of power generated from this power plant depends on the demand for water from the Upper C canal. Based on the historic flow data, the average power generation will be a approximately 2900 MWh per year.
Aquatic Weed Problem
Aquatic weed growth in irrigation ditch systems is a problem throughout the world. Aquatic weeds grow in all canals, laterals and drainage ditches and create water delivery problems throughout the Klamath Project if left un-managed. Management options are limited and expensive. There are approximately 200 miles of irrigation ditches and approximately 200 miles of drainage ditches within Klamath Irrigation District alone to demonstrate how large the problem is. KID also operates 7 pumping plants which have trash grates similar to the grates in the photo below. When the weed problem is at its worst, these grates have to be cleaned 3 to 4 times a day.
The picture above was taken July 13, 2012 at the C Hydro Plant. This photo shows a small part of a much larger aquatic weed problem which exists in the A canal. During parts of June and July, the aquatic weeds start to break loose in the A canal and travel through all of the canals, laterals and headgates which are served by the A canal. The pile of aquatic weeds above was accumulated in just one day (24 hours) on one set of grates only. There are two sets of grates here.
Above: Construction ready to pour the concrete floor of the hydro plant.
Above: The site of the old Enterprise hydro plant.
Above: The new C-Hydro plant ready for the ribbon cutting cerimony.
Above: Looking at the new hydro plant from the inlet at the A canal.
Above Left: Michael Connor, Commissioner for the United States Bureau of Reclamation and Right: Ross Fleming, local farmer and member of the Board of Directors.