Cache Water district director disavows canal pipeline proposal – Cache Valley Daily


LOGAN – After receiving a flood of criticism, Cache Water District officials are distancing themselves from a proposal to put pressure on the network of canals that provide much of Cache Valley’s irrigation water.

“A lot of people mistakenly associate the Crockett (Avenue Pressurized Irrigation) plan with (the Logan Watershed study),” said Nathan Daugs, director of the Cache Water District. “This proposal could possibly be one of the recommendations included in the watershed plan. But at the moment, they’re 100 percent separate.

The warning came during a March 16 presentation to Logan City Council by Daugs and Zan Murray of JUB Engineers, a company helping with the initial phase of the ongoing Logan watershed study.

Daugs explained that the Cache Water District is now engaged in a comprehensive assessment of Cache Valley’s future water needs funded by the Federal Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The purpose of the watershed study is to address the control and protection against flooding; assess measures to reduce water loss and increase the efficiency of the current irrigation system; and consider other recreational concerns.

This study has been underway since December 2020 and its initial period for receiving public comment on water issues ended on March 16.

Public interest in the project has been overwhelmingMurray admitted, “but it’s not surprising. I’ve been involved in a lot of projects of this scale before and I anticipated this kind of reaction. In fact, I welcome that, because (the audience response) brings issues to the surface quickly and allows us to factor them into our initial assessment process.

Much of the public comment received by The Langdon Group, another Kaysville-based research consultancy, has been a negative reaction to Crockett Avenue Irrigation and Distribution, Inc.’s proposal to channel and pressurize its canal system. open air.

The Crockett Water Company is made up of 10 local canal companies that own water rights to the Logan River. These companies provide irrigation water to the towns of Logan, North Logan and Hyde Park and some unincorporated areas in Cache County.

Crockett managers recently proposed building a pressurized irrigation system throughout their service area to provide secondary water to every property within its boundaries for residential, commercial and agricultural use.

Some of the canals in the Crockett System run through the parks of Logan City, raising concerns among surrounding residents that the parks will remain high and dry.

But Daugs assured members of Logan’s council that these residents’ concerns about Crockett PI’s proposal were premature.

The District Water Director explained that Crockett PI’s proposal was only mentioned on the Watershed Study website as one of many previous reports illustrating the growing need for conservation efforts in the water.

“We had people worried that we were going to channel the Logan River all the way through town or channel all the canals in the valley,” Daugs said with a laugh. “These are just misconceptions about what we’re trying to do.

We are at the start of a long process … We really hope to work with the three cities involved and the canal company to find the best solutions to the water resources problems of the region so that we can meet the future needs of the valley.

He added that a plan with alternative solutions to these concerns is expected to take more than a year to develop. This proposal will then be submitted to the NRCS for federal review and circulated for public comment and reaction.

“It will take a lot of work,” Daugs admits, “but I think we can find a scenario that works for most people.

“At the end of the day, our favorite alternative will not be preferred by 100 percent of the population. I don’t think you’ll ever find a project that does this. But we’ll do our best.

Daniel E. Murphy