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Scoping meeting for Millsite Dam

The Ferron Canal and Reservoir Company and the San Rafael Soil Conservation District in cooperation with the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service will host a public scoping meeting at the Ferron City Hall on Feb. 21, to identify public concerns relating to the rehabilitation of Millsite Dam located in Emery County about three miles west of Ferron.

Rehabilitation of Millsite Dam is needed to meet current state dam safety and NRCS regulations. An open house will be held from 5-6 p.m. where displays may be viewed concerning rehabilitation of the dam. A presentation, discussion and an opportunity to submit comments will be held from 6-7:30 p.m.

Assistance from NRCS is available to assess, plan and implement the necessary rehabilitation of Millsite Dam where Public Law 83-566 assistance was used in the original planning and implementation.

The NRCS approved a request for assistance to develop a rehabilitation plan for the Millsite Dam within the Ferron Watershed. The 35 year old multi-purpose dam located just upstream of the town of Ferron was constructed for irrigation, flood prevention, sediment control for rural agricultural land, municipal and industrial use as well as recreation.

"Because of the age and condition of the dam and the changes in safety and performance criteria, we have asked for assistance from NRCS in rehabilitating the dam to ensure it meets current dam safety criteria and continues to function as it was designed," said Roger Barton, District Board Chairperson.

The dam was designed for a 100-year lifespan and has provided irrigation storage, flood protection and recreation for 35 years, but now updates are needed to bring the structure into full compliance with State Dam Safety and NRCS safety and performance criteria.

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