WATCHDOG: Farmland picked for rail center needs $6 million in soil, gravel, rock and work to make buildable

Uneven ground, wetlands and low areas will require significant amounts of fill, according to engineering estimates for the reload project. (Enterprise file photo)

NYSSA – The farmland, Malheur County officials said, was ideal as the place to plant the Treasure Valley Reload Center.

There was access to the Union Pacific Railroad line.

There was a fairly straight shot to state highways for trucking in onions.

And the 280-acre parcel north of Nyssa held the promise of future industrial jobs.

Now, county officials and their contractors are confronting one massive impediment – old irrigation canals and wetlands that lace the land.

They are as much as 6 feet lower than the existing railbed, according to engineering plans.

For Treasure Valley Reload Center to be a reality, they will have to be . . .