Corn Creek Watershed Plan-EA

 

Sponsor: Kanosh Town

Co-sponsors: Corn Creek Irrigation Company
Page updated:  October 18, 2021 — This page will continue to be updated as the project progresses.

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Project Description

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with Kanosh Town as the project sponsor and Corn Creek Irrigation Company as project co-sponsor, is proposing to partially fund watershed protection measures through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (Public Law [PL] 83-566) in the Corn Creek Watershed, Millard County. The main objective of the project is to address concerns about flooding potential, potential failure of the existing debris basin due to seepage that is occurring in the embankment’s foundation and water shortages each irrigation season caused by reduced flow in Corn Creek as the year progresses, which increases demand on groundwater resources, limits crop production and cropping options, and impacts economic development in Kanosh.

Conceptual improvements may include:

  1. Flood Prevention
    • New reservoir/debris basin
    • Route flood flows around town and/onto fields
    • Improve recharge of primary aquifer
  2. Agricultural Water Management
    • Improve irrigation water supply
    • Provide sustainable pressurized conveyance system
    • Increase reliability of water deliveries to Paiute tribal lands
Project Location

To view a map of the project watershed area, click here.

 

NEPA Analysis

NRCS, as the lead federal agency, is initiating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis in the form of a Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) to analyze impacts to the natural and human environment from this project. The Plan-EA will comply with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR Part 650), which require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions.

 

Current Status

This project is currently in the alternative development and analysis phase.

 

Project Schedule
  • Scoping Public Comment Period :: April 29, 2021 — May 28, 2021

You can click here to view the Scoping Report. (It may take a few moments to load.)

  • Scoping Public Virtual Open House :: May 12, 2021

You can click here to see the meeting flyer, presentation, and a recording of the meeting.

  • Alternative Development and Analysis :: Spring 2021 — Winter 2021

  • Preparation of Draft Watershed Plan – Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA) :: Spring 2022 — Summer 2022

  • Draft Plan-EA Public Comment Period (30 days) :: Winter 2022

  • Preparation of Draft Plan-EA & Finding of No Significant Impact (Plan-EA and FONSI) :: Spring 2023

  • Issue of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) :: Spring 2023

 

Contact Information

Monique Robbins, P.E. – Franson Civil Engineers
1276 South 820 East Suite 100
American Fork, UT 84003
[email protected]
801-756-0309

Wayne Urie – USDA-NRCS
1090 North Des Bee Dove Road
Castle Dale, UT 84513
[email protected]
Office: 435-381-2300 x107
Cell: 435-820-4470

 

More Information

Here are links to some resources that were asked about in our public meeting:

Corn Creek Dam Data: https://www.waterrights.utah.gov/cgi-bin/damview.exe?Modinfo=Viewdam&DAM_NUMBER=UT00322

Other current PL-566 projects in Utah: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ut/programs/planning/wpfp/