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Project Data
Land Areas (1992)
Area Irrigated and Crop Value



Project # 287

Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service0 acres
Supplemental Service10,608 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms38
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands0 acres

Population Served:

Farm Population Served655
Non-Farm Population Served0
Total Population Served655

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Area Irrigated and Crop Value
YearActual Area Irrigated (Acres)Crop Value (Dollars)

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Project Water Supply

(Note: Water supply for the district is derived from the flow of San Solomon Spring, Phantom Lake Spring, and lesser springs and from flood flows of Madera and Toyah Creeks. Water not needed directly from springflow is stored in the Lower Parks Reservoir.)

Current Conditions

Streamflow Forecast Map

Spring and Summer (NRCS)

Snowpack Information

Mountain Snowpack Maps for Colorado, Rio Grande, and Arkansas Rivers
Drought Index

Palmer Drought Index Map

Historic Conditions

Annual Precipitation
Normal13.57 on
Maximum - 199027.81 in
Minimum - 19641.13 in
Balmorhea, Texas 1961-1990 


Mean Annual64.4 ?F
Daily Maximum - 06/15/1939112 ?F
Daily Minimum - 02/08/1933-9 ?F
Balmorhea, Texas 1923-1996 
Growing Season230 days
Elevation of irrigable area3,300 ft

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Facilities in Operation

Storage Dams11
Diversion Dams22
Canals7 mi

Grid Notes

1 Constructed by local irrigators.

2 Madera Diversion Dam was rehabilitated by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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Diversion Facilities
Type:Concrete weir with two earth dikes
LocationOn Madera Creek near Toyahvale, Texas.
Year Completed1914. Rehabilitated by Reclamation 1974
Structural height13 ft
Hydraulic height13 ft
Weir crest length950 ft
Crest elevation3,380.5 ft
Diversion capacity750 cfs

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Carriage Facilities
Phantom Lake Canal
LocationFrom Phantom Lake east to the District Main Canal near San Solomon Spring.
Construction period1946-1947
Length4.2 mi
Diversion capacity25 cfs

Inlet Feeder Canal

LocationFrom the District Main Canal east to Lower Parks Reservoir
Construction period1946-1947
Length2.8 mi
Diversion capacity100 cfs


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Last updated: Dec 07, 2009