IRRIGATION IN THE WEST.
In a paper recently read at Bismarck, N. Dak., bv H. N. Savage, supervising engineer of the reclamation service, the progress of the irrigation work done by the government was noted. Plans for the irrigation of more than 1,200,000 acres have been made and funds provisionally appropriated to carry them out. The whole amount available for the work is now something more than $23,000,000. The work already under way or contracted for, or for the construction of which bids have been received or advertised, is widely distributed. Contracts have been awarded and construction begun in Arizona—the Salt river project designed to irrigate 160,000 acres; in Colorado, the Uncompahgre project for watering 100,000 acres; in Idaho, the Minadoka project to reclaim 75,000 acres; in Nevada, the TruckceCarson plan to irrigate 100,000 acres; and in New Mexico, the Hondo project to put water on 10,000 acres of desert land. Bids have been received for the construction of irrigation works in Nebraska, on the North Platte, which arc calculated to bring under cultivation 100,000 acres of rich territory. In the near future, according to Mr. Savage’s report, bids will be invited for the construction of much additional work. In California the Yuma project to reclaim some 85,000 acres is ready to be undertaken by the lowest bidder; in South Dakota the Belle Fourche project is almost as far advanced, and 60,000 acres are to be irrigated. Plans are all but finished for the Wvonung project to get some 142,000 acres in the Shoshone valley under w’ater; in Montana the Huntlet project is well advanced, by which it is expected to ret aim 30,000 acres; a bi-State 60,000-acre project, the Glendive-Fort Buford, which lies partly in Montana and partly in North Dakota, is being perfected; and the engineers in the Northwest are conhdent of being able to carry through a plan to establish pumping plants at Trenton and Bismarck in North Dakota which shall bring a new touch of green to some 61,500 acres. This, in brief, is the record of the tangible results accomplished since the approval of the National Irrigation act in June, 1902