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WWRC 97-05z
Shoshone Project Cultural Resources Mitigation: A Pilot Project For Irrigation Education


In 1993 the four irrigation districts comprising the Shoshone Reclamation Project entered into a $15 million Rehabilitation and Betterment Program to repair aging irrigation facilities and use water more efficiently. Because some of the facilities of the project are nearly 90 years old, the irrigation districts were required, under the National Historic Preservation Act, to mitigate the adverse effects on the qualities which made these facilities eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

In March 1993, the four districts' Joint Powers Board entered into an agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the State Historic Preservation Office to prepare a traveling educational display emphasizing the history and contributions of the Shoshone Irrigation Project and create ten wayside exhibits which highlighted the engineering achievements and contributions of irrigation to the settlement and development of the Shoshone River Valley. The final task was to prepare a brochure which would serve as both a guide book for the wayside exhibits and a history of the Shoshone Project which is one of the oldest reclamation projects in the nation.

The mitigation project, the first of its kind in the nation, was completed in December 1996.

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