Press Release - March 16, 2012

LOGAN – Cache County and the Natural Resource Conservation Service are moving forward with plans to restore service to Logan and Northern Irrigation Company shareholders. The Cache Water Restoration Project (CWRP) was initiated in the aftermath of the July 2009 landslide on the hillside below 400 North in Logan which breached a section of the Logan and Northern Canal. The breach required the indefinite closure of that section of canal, preventing water distribution to shareholders. Since that time, the Logan Hyde Park Smithfield Canal and local communities have been working urgently, continuously and cooperatively to provide water service to users of the Logan and Northern Canal.

 

The CWRP will restore water to shareholders and provide safe and reliable water delivery solutions. Federal funds were procured and an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for canal restoration was recently approved, making way for implementation to begin.

 

The EIS included an open public process and was conducted in accordance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. The study established a purpose and need statement for water delivery restoration, identified a preferred alternative and evaluated potential impacts and mitigation measures for the natural and human environment.

 

Restoration proposed in the EIS includes enclosing existing sections of the Logan and Northern and Logan Hyde Park Smithfield Canals. Safety will be significantly improved in unstable areas where the canal previously operated. Additionally, canal capacity will be more efficient as less water will be lost to seepage and canal maintenance will be reduced.

 

The competitive process requires following state procurement guidelines which the County has done from the beginning. As the project sponsor, Cache County recently hired J-U-B Engineers of Logan through a competitive process to serve as project manager for the CWRP. The project team is moving forward with preliminary design and is in the process of competitively procuring a design engineer and contractor to complete the work. In order to provide economical and long-term value to the project, the contractor selection will be based on both cost and qualifications. Construction is expected to begin by early fall 2012.

 

Public involvement will continue to be an important component of the project as it progresses. “The project team welcomes public input and will keep the community and affected stakeholders in the loop as the project moves forward through the design and implementation,” said Cache County Water Manager, Bob Fotheringham. The Langdon Group, a subsidiary of J-U-B Engineers, is gathering citizen input and providing information to interested citizens. More information is available by calling the project hotline (435-770-4114), sending an email (email@cachewater.com) or accessing the project website (www.cachewater.com).