Gold Hill irrigation system shut off

, Written by Kassi Nelson, Roma Villavicencio, Posted: Mon, August 18 2014 at 3:50 PM, Updated: Mon, August 18 2014 at 11:13 PM

Gold Hill, Ore. -- Hundreds of people will soon be without irrigation water after a plan to shut off the Gold Hill irrigation system went into affect earlier Monday.

The Gold Hill Irrigation District is slowly shutting off the system to fix a 14-mile canal that starts on Upper River Road and goes through the city of Rogue River. It will be completely shut off within days.

The project is being mandated by the Federal Government as part of a plan to protect fish living in the canal.

A spokesperson for the Gold Hill Irrigation District said the plan has been in the works for more than a year. The Federal Government gave them a four month window to complete the plan. The window and a $300,000 federal grant to pay for the project run out in September.

It could take up to six weeks to complete the project, leaving homeowners, farmers, and gardeners in the area without water for the rest of the summer.

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