Work has commenced on the Gardena North 2800, so named because it consists of 2,800 feet of piping and is part of the Gardena North Lateral project. The complete project will replace the present Gardena Farms Irrigation District #13 (GFID) open north canal with a closed gravity-fed pipeline approximately 7 miles long. It will save conveyance water (water lost due to evaporation and seepage in open canals) and allow for much more efficient delivery of irrigation water, resulting in even more water savings. The 2800 project will use pipe as large as 66″ in diameter! As part of their contribution towards the project, irrigators have agreed to put 5.1 cfs into permanent trust which will remain in the river for fish. The remainder of the Gardena North project is scheduled for construction in late fall. Funding for these projects has been provided by the Department of Ecology and Bonneville Power Administration with support from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.