Carbon, Sanpete counties feuding over proposed dam

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 9:57 AM


PROVO -- The federal Bureau of Reclamation has approved plans for a dam and reservoir that Sanpete County residents have been talking about since the 1920s.

The agency on Friday entered a "record of decision" for a dam and reservoir on Gooseberry Creek to irrigate county farmland.

The decision paves the way for the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to build the 120-foot dam about 16 miles upstream of Scofield Reservoir. The Gooseberry Narrows dam will impound 17,500 acre-feet of water on about 600 acres.

Sanpete County Commissioner Claudia Jarrett hails the decision, saying it'll allow the county to receive its fair share of water.

But Carbon County Commissioner Mike Milovich says his county would fight the decision.

Carbon County fears its water supplies will run dry.

Environmentalists also have opposed the dam.

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