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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 1920 tHE LETHBR1DGE DAILY HERALtt PAGE THREt Southern Alberta Plans to Invest Mamy Millions for the Extension of Irrigation AboVe is a map is estimated, construct the headworks months tKe money bylaw for the amouht'necessaiy vviuui win uc OIA O.A i i c r_i j i c a.- marketed, and provided nothing unforeseen occurs, construction will commence this fall, It is expected that two years will be required to consruct the project. Successful development of this project will mean that some acres east and south of Lethbridge will follow the same course to be put "under the ditch. Introduction of Irrigation In Southern Alberta has made it to successfully produce on Irrigated land splendid crops ef alfalfa, corn., small fruits, and vegetables, which are not pro- duced with equal ,success' under dry farming-'conditions. Careful covering eleven years, Indicate-remarkable increases in- ordinary crops grown on Irrigate- ed lands'over those produced on 'dry land and the wisdom of thr decision undertake this, project has been more than justified. We are amply warrant- ed in the belief .that the Irrigation tlock'rWill ultimately be'a closely Settled, intensively cultWalfd in'd .a conslderabe traffic-produc-. [Ins area 'tributary to com I-ethbridgi! Northern bushels per acre 5 ions nor ac.ro. ton branch of Iho C. P. K.-and is how being extended-lo Har'nwfll and. Tabor on the cast, adding about irri- gable acres. Of tho original acres, some acres were Irrigat- ed last year with the result, that, n relinru of J54.il gross per acre was secured. The following carefully com- puted figures of yields and returns, in i year which was generally 'concerted Total gross crop production. to havo been tho driest In .Iho history j ot Alberta frill serve to convince Iho Value- pasture land, 410 per ncrt. Monster Agricultural Investment Theso three very important pro. iionncemcnts on Irrigation from Uiree men of national repute- havo served lo focus tlio attention of Canada pa Southern Alberta, and (he Lcthbrldge district In., particular. Vtx bridge in llio centre of Iho greatest irrigation duvcfonmeiH scbomc in tlie But.-Jho development on, whicli spc- 'cial Interest at this time is centred Norlhom project, G.'tonVfodiicr rer acre 3.000 north arid.- west of the city, a Garden 5200 per aero j Project launched by tlie fanners who tuns already on Iho land and who arc Green feed-5 tons per acfo waillns lo volo 011 bonds to Hie Mixed grass-l Ion ncro "tent of nboul lo bring per most sltcpllcsl lhat Lclhbrldgo and Southern Alberta are not far wrong when they 'ocml all their energies to of Irrigation to olher.ir- buds for which water Is avail- able: The irrigation Vwtt, con- Inlris Iho Itayinoiul, Welling, Stirling, LethbTidgc and Coal- dalo dblrlcls. Tlio tolal area to which irrigation water waa supplied lliis year, was, S2.230 acres, divided as Grofn value of crop nn acres.................? Average money yield per _.......... Thc-ae- fuels nve important to Ihe people of easlcrn .Canad.1 for liio reason that.Southern Alberta Is going; lo need'monoy. some of-Iheso very soon for tho purpose of making Ihe.grealest (nvostmeiil yet made by ai iigrlcuHiiroraisl'icl iu Us basic water from tho Old Man Itiver, rising n tho mountains io the weal, to ap- proximately acres lying lie. tween tho Old Jlan JUver to Ihe west and south and lie Little How Elver to tno east and norlh. Tho above map shows the outline of tlio scheme, which Cer.Tgc <1. Anderson, out- standing con wiling entjiB'-f r of North America, has classed as entirely -feas- ible and advisable. Jl has taken years lo bring lecllng tlsost now holding ftisl mort- gages on Uic landfj In tbo difilrict so liat the Irrigation, bonds may be- come it first lien on the land, and it is expected that, with this arrange- ment and will! tho knowledge of the success of Irrigation farming in Soulb.- cru Alberta over a period of nearly 20 years, there will be no greafdiffi- culty. in disposing of the bonds whsn they arc ready to be put on the mar- ket. Certainly if Hie financial inter-, csts of. Canada, believe In Irrigation ns does the president ot the C. I', li. there will he no hesitation in supply- ing the money lo put through.' till? greatest agricultural development'pro: jecl over attcmpled in the Dominion: For tlio province of Alberta Is--be- fciml project and vtry slricl gov- eriimenlal supervision of construction and operation of 111e dislricl is vWccl legislollon passed .at last session. Fu'rther Projects Contemplated The successful frnilion of Ihe Lctli'- bridge tiroicct however v.-ould be.but the forerunner of other This .would bring tho-water 10 tbe irrigation development, the Client of land and also pay Iho Interest is just now being studied by preliminary'costs for llio.first three i department ot tho in- years, which Is the Ifmo calculated lo i (crior fo-ihc south and ejist of bo ncoeisnry to conslruct Ihe works t there are acres of and begin to secure returns from thc( appllcalion of tho water. With tbo addition ot some acres in tbe proposed extensions, the cosl will bo reduced to about ?43 an acre, wlilth will provide for tho Ihree year Inter- est payments also, nntl. wllhin the necessary surveys lo provide Ihe In- formalion which would settle (he feasibility, of the project, tha numlier of acres capable of irrigation and the approximate cost. This data was not available until about a year ago. Fol- lowed me. formation -of the Leth- Irrigation District un- der the laws of the province, every farmer in tho district, ,tvllli tho ex- ception of eight voiing in favor of erecting the -district irtileli would form tho basis, of further, .negotia- tions. Since.tho formation of the dis- trict, which was then approximately Irrigable acres In extent, (anti- erg near Macleod to tho west and Car- inangay and ijnrons on the north have signified to, join tho undertaking, and as .Ihcrc Is suf- ficii-nt to accdmniodato the ,fex- llio enlarged .district will comprleo about has secured .a 1and. For project charter.from.iw.-to Hetlaw. farlncrs wcre project, .with Iho.HO.ppO aertg-lntho ]and to the exieVt or an orlglna project just east..of aorc ln order'to secure Ihe Northern project up lo its presoul stage of ndvnucement. In 1910 a start, ivas made but failed for lack of Interest In IfJH, anolhcr dry year, an effort was.made, and tho dc- ot the Inlcrlor was Inlcceal- cd lo Die extent of undertaking Hie next two months' it Is expected Ihe money bylaw will bo votsd on. Money Needed for Construction Af session of the MbettB. legislature, tie question of financial aid from Iho provincial governraenl to construct the LetHurldeo Northern project was one of the. outstanding is- sues. Tbn Lcthbrlogc Northern ap- plied for a straight guarantee of the bonds such as bad been granted to raihyay companies building lines In trrlgaWe laud 'equal In 'cvcvy respect to the lands of the province which are already irrigated and whlcli am pro- ducing such highly satisfactory re- lurns. U the LdhbrldRe Northern pro- ject raises lha necessary money lo go ahead, an amount estimated at J- 000, Ihe southcasletn projccls also bo. possible, and anotheV COO or raore could be spent with high- ly satisfactory in incrcaslnE llio productivity ot Southern Alberts s farm lands. Tho walcrs for Ihe south- eastern projects would corao from tlio Waterloo, Belly and St. Jfary's rivers, the area lo be Irrigated being de- pendent on the amount of water avail- able from thcso streams and the amount which could be penned up in reservoirs during tile flood Ibo province In the past. offlclr.U arc highly-, san- the legislature dirt not agree to go so far as to givo Iho full guarantee, but sin Interest 'assurance fund Is lo bo provided, and Hie government ii pro- gulne about the success ot all Iheso Kchctnea. Continued on I'ate ;