Logan River Watershed Plan

Little Logan River at River Hollow Park Point where the Logan River Watershed Project wants to pipe the river for irrigation Courtesy & Copyright Hilary Shughart, Photographer

Little Logan River at River Hollow Park Point where the Logan River Watershed Project wants to pipe the river for irrigation Courtesy & Copyright Hilary Shughart, Photographer

Save the Little Logan River & River Hollow Park!
Public Comment Deadline April 10, 2024

Note Historic Use of the Little Logan River Name USGS Logan 7.5 minute quadrangle_1998 Courtesy USGS, US Department of the Interior

Note Historic Use of the Little Logan River Name
USGS Logan 7.5 minute quadrangle_1998
Courtesy USGS, US Department of the Interior
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Note the Little Logan River Name USGS Logan 7.5 minute quadrangle_1961 Courtesy USGS, US Department of the Interior

Note the Little Logan River Name
USGS Logan 7.5 minute quadrangle_1961
Courtesy USGS, US Department of the Interior
Click for closer view

The Logan River Watershed Project (LRWP) proposal feeding the Crockett Pipeline for secondary water fails to preserve the historic Little Logan River, a popular recreational oasis which flows through half a dozen parks in the City of Logan, Utah, starting at River Hollow Park, and including Merlin Olsen Central Park.

As proposed, the anticipated preferred alternative for the Crockett Pipeline (#3) would cut off the Little Logan River from the Logan River and enclose the public river channel from the Crockett Diversion to Crockett Ave in a pipe.

Only piped water would be available for a trickle of water for Jens Johansen Park, Merlin Olsen Central Park, Pioneer Park, Garff Gardens, Logan High School, Kilowatt Park, and beyond. Worse, there would be no water for the River Hollow Park tubing river.

Make your opinion known by April 10, 2024:
Logan River Watershed Plan-EIS
c/o The Langdon Group
466 N. 900 W.
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 435-213-2872
Email: loganriver@utwatershed.com

For more information:
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/conservation-basics/natural-resource-concerns/watersheds/logan-river-watershed-project

Shughart, Hilary, Water Inspires Writing & Drawing to Learn, Wild About Utah, April 1, 2024, https://wildaboututah.org/water-inspires-writing-drawing-to-learn/

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Results first:
Logan River Watershed Plan Public Scoping Report (October 2021)
https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/sites/default/files/2023-02/Logan-River_Public-Scoping-Report.pdf

The Background:
CWD request letter sent to NRCS for transitioning from an EA to an EIS (Opens new window)

Langdon Group-Logan River Watershed Environmental Assessment Update Email 07/01/21: Open Text

Watershed Plan Purpose & Need & Alternatives Screening Criteria: (Download .docx file)


USGS Measurement Station Logan River

USGS Measurement Station
Logan River
Photo Courtesy USGS

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with the Cache Water District, Crockett Avenue Irrigation and the cities of Logan, North Logan and Hyde Park as the project sponsors, is proposing to partially fund through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act [Public Law (PL) 83-566], the Logan River Watershed Plan in Cache County, Utah. The plan will address flood control and flood protection, evaluate measures to reduce water loss and increase efficiency in the current irrigation delivery system and consider additional recreational facilities.[NRCS]

Details about Past Community Meetings are found below.

Learn More:

Logan River Watershed PLAN-EA Frequently Asked Questions https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/PA_NRCSConsumption/download?cid=nrcseprd1747428&ext=pdf

Water Master Plan, Cache Water District, https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ut/programs/planning/wpfp/?cid=nrcseprd1723235

Crockett Avenue Pressurized Irrigation Project, Cache Water District, https://www.cachewaterdistrict.com/projects

The result of the conducted alternative analysis and evaluation recommended that constructing a complete PI system throughout the Crockett service area.[CWD]

[CWD]Crockett Avenue Pressurized Irrigation Project, Cache Water District, https://crockettpi.com/

[NRCS] Logan River Watershed (Sponsor = Cache Water District), NRCS, https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/ut/programs/planning/wpfp/?cid=nrcseprd1723235

Public Comments:

Wurtsbaugh, Wayne, Comments for Bridgerland Audubon Society, February 14, 2021, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/our-projects/advocacy/logan-river-watershed-plan/logan-river-watershed-plan-comments/

Howe, Frank P., Comments for The Logan River Task Force, February 14, 2021, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/our-projects/advocacy/logan-river-watershed-plan/logan-river-task-force-comments/

Background:

Webb, Kat, Cache Water District, Logan, N. Logan and Hyde Park participating in evaluation on Logan River watershed, The Herald Journal, February 5, 2021, https://www.hjnews.com/news/government/cache-water-district-logan-n-logan-and-hyde-park-participating-in-evaluation-on-logan-river/article_34226010-e807-53a6-8bdd-0b7b8097c166.html

Cache Water Restoration Project returns flows to Cache Valley in time for summer, https://www.cachecounty.org/assets/department/water/restoration/UCD-June%20Article.pdf

Duncan, Phillip, Pali, Zackary, Crockett Diversion Rehabilitation Project, Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering, Utah State University, https://engineering.usu.edu/cee/students/senior-projects/fall2018-spring2019/crockett-diversion-rehabilitation-senior-project

Cracks in the wall » Shareholders who get water from the Logan Northern Canal trace their rights to an 1860 legal document that gives the canal’s owners a right to 23 percent of the available flow from the Logan River, according to USU records. Because it has long been a private operation, communities refused to help maintain the canal until the 1990s, when Harris and other company officials persuaded government leaders city storm runoff was affecting the canal.[SLTRIB]

[SLTRIB]LaPlante, Matthew D. and Carlisle, Nate, Deadly mudslide: Logan failed to act on canal warnings, The Salt Lake Tribune, July 14, 2009, https://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=&itype=ngpsid

Logan River Task Force, https://uwrl.usu.edu/lro/logan-river-task-force

Community Comments:
Tye Smith, Mar 14, 2021, 1:17pm

Past Community Meetings:
An initial public presentation was made January 28, 2021 at 6:00 pm.
The presentation was offered again Thursday, March 4, with the opportunity to ask questions:
NRCS held an online public scoping meeting as part of the Watershed Plan Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) to provide information about the project and to collect public comments.* The public was invited to attend the scoping meeting to learn more, ask questions and submit written comments. A brief presentation was provided prior to a question and answer session

Riverfront Landowner Scoping Meeting
Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. MST
Online via Zoom: Visit www.zoom.us/join and enter Meeting ID: 968 5723 1290

Written comments could be submitted during the public scoping period starting January 14, 2021 and ending on March 16, 2021. All questions and comments should be directed to:

Logan River Watershed Plan
Attn: The Langdon Group
466 N. 900 W.
Kaysville, UT 84037
Phone: 435-213-2872
Email: loganriver@utwatershed.com

Written comments must be postmarked by March 16, 2021.