Little Weber River Cutoff Channel (Weber County)
Emergency Watershed Protection: Little Weber River Cutoff Channel (Weber County)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Weber County are analyzing alternatives to reduce flood impacts to the land surrounding the lower Weber River during elevated flows in the river. The lower Weber River flowing through western Weber County, Utah does not have sufficient capacity to convey flood flows to provide protection to the surrounding agricultural and residential areas. The Little Weber River Cutoff Channel is a historic floodplain channel in western Weber County that has routinely carried flood flows to the Great Salt Lake in the past, but is currently disconnected from the Weber River due to agricultural activities, construction of roads and dikes, and residential development. This channel was activated during the 2011 flood event and numerous breaches were intentionally created in roads and embankments to convey water through this historic channel.
This project is being partially funded by the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program to reduce potential impacts from future flood events directly affecting the Weber River. A National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared by NRCS for the EWP program; however, this project does not fit within the analysis parameters of the Programmatic EIS. NRCS, as the lead federal agency, has initiatied an additional NEPA analysis in the form of an Environmental Assessment to analyze impacts to the natural and human environment from this project. The Environmental Assessment will comply with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508 which require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions.
The Draft Environmental Assessment Public Comment Period Closed on Friday August 16, 2013. NRCS is compiling comments received and preparing the Final Environmental Assessment for the project.
For further project information please contact:
Andy Neff - The Langdon Group
Weber County Emergency Watershed Projects
466 North 900 West
Kaysville, UT 84037
Draft Environmental Assessment
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment Meeting Presentation (PDF, 3MB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment Public Notice (PDF, 110 KB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment-Report (PDF, 2.30 MB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment-App A (PDF, 9.23 MB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment-App B (PDF, 3.98 MB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment-App C (PDF, 1.34 MB)
Cutoff Channel Draft Environmental Assessment-App D (PDF, 10.7 MB
NOTE: NRCS will add other directories and documents as we move through subsequent phases of the NEPA process.
Updated: September 9, 2013