Middle Creek Reservoir

In September 1913 Sutherland also began the survey of potential reservoir sites on Middle Creek. These surveys indicated that there were two possible schemes by which the water could be impounded.  The first scheme was to have a dam in the North East quarter of section 21, township 5 range 30 west of the 3rd meridian which would flood about 1,500 acres of land. It included a large flat in which there are 800 acres already under irrigation. The alternative plan was to raise the dam constructed by the Mackinnon Brothers and flood 800 acres of land the greater part of which was held under grazing leases and could be reserved for reservoir purposes.  A comparison of the two schemes showed that the cost per acre-foot of storage in reservoir A was about half the cost of reservoir B thus the latter was chosen for further study.