Feds: Eliminate or re-route Logan Utah’s killer canal

Canal that caused landslide and death can be re-routed only at a high cost-

That this canal failed should hardly have been a surprise. My grandfather, H.C. Hansen was a geologist. He lived underneath the canal on Canyon Road for many years. He died at age 97 back in 1969. One of the things all of us who knew him remember are his many predictions that the canal would eventually cause a big landslide during a wet season and or when a minor earthquake struck. He couldn’t have been the only one who knew even long before local residents of  “the Island” area of Logan began to report cracks.

Feds: Eliminate or re-route Logan’s killer canal. Saying the current location isn’t viable, federal engineers propose two alternatives. By Nate Carlisle. The Salt Lake Tribune.

Perhaps the irrigation water should be abandoned given all the earth movement that will be needed to make it feed into the existing Logan Hyde Park Smithfield canal. There will be a lot of environmental damage near the mouth of Logan Canyon if the “extreme engineering” talked about is carried out.

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Guzzling the West’s Water

It’s all those golf courses, green lawns, and fountains wasting water in an arid region; right?

No!

A brief look at the statistics on water use in the West tell that it is agriculture, not western cities that consume the water. Within agriculture one water use stands out. Growing feed for cattle!

Cattle are the primary reason the West is short on water. It’s almost a crime that few people realize this fact.

Guzzling the West’s Water. By George Wuerthner. Writers on the Range in New West.