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Warner Draw Watershed (Sponsor=Washington County)

Project Description

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with Washington County as the project sponsor, is proposing to partially fund through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (Public Law [PL] 83-566), the Warner Draw Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Project (Project) in Washington County, Utah. The Warner Draw Watershed covers an approximate 298 square mile area. Alternatives are being developed at five sites within the Warner Draw Watershed to:

  • Site 1 (Main Street Debris Basins): Reduce flooding to Washington City caused from stormwater runoff from the drainage area upstream of N. Main Street.
  • Site 2 (Seegmiller Marsh): Enhance riparian habitat around Seegmiller Marsh to benefit the health of the Virgin River and the aquatic/terrestrial species using the river corridor, including Endangered Species Act-listed species. Provide riparian health educational opportunities and conserve and develop recreation and scenic resources.
  • Site 3 (Y-Drain): Improve conveyance efficiency, reduce flooding that could occur from overtopping of the open sections of the Y-Drain, improve public safety, and extend public pathways.
  • Site 4 (Warner Valley Disposal System): Improve conveyance efficiency, reduce flooding that could occur along the system from capacity deficiencies, improve public safety, and extend public pathways.
  • Site 5 (Hurricane Water Efficiency): Improve irrigation water delivery efficiency for flood irrigation systems that would conserve water and use water savings to support Virgin River water quantities. 

Warner Draw Watershed

NEPA Analysis

NRCS, as the lead federal agency, is initiating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis in the form of a Supplemental Watershed Plan and Environmental Assessment (Plan-EA) to analyze impacts to the natural and human environment from this Project. The Plan-EA 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.

Current Status

The project is currently in the Draft Plan-EA review period and interested parties are invited to provide comments on the project and Draft Plan-EA. A virtual public meeting will be held which will describe the alternatives analyzed and potential impacts to the environment. Details for the comment period and Draft Plan-EA meeting are included below and in the Notice of Availability announcement.

Open Comment Period

Open:    Thursday, January 13, 2022
Close:    Monday, February 14, 2022

Virtual Public Meeting

Date:     Thursday, January 27, 2022
Time:     6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Register for the Meeting at: https://tinyurl.com/Warner-Draw

* After your registration is complete, you will receive an email with instruction on accessing the meeting virtually or by phone.

An electronic version of the Plan-EA can be downloaded from the link below in Project Documents. Hard copies of the report are available for review at:

Hurricane Branch Library: 36 S 300 W, Hurricane, UT 84737
St. George Library: 88 W 100 S, St. George, UT 84770

Comments must be received by February 14, 2022 to become part of the public record. All comments should be directed to Jamie Tsandes with the Project team at:

Email:  warnerwatershed@bowencollins.com
Mail:    Bowen Collins & Associates
154 East 14075 South
Draper, UT 84020

Project Documents

Draft Plan-EA

Draft Plan-EA Meeting Presentation

  • Draft Plan-EA Presentation -- coming soon

Scoping

NOTE: We will add other directories as we move through the NEPA planning process.

Contact Information

For further project information please contact:

Jamie Tsandes – Bowen Collins & Associates
154 East 14075 South
Draper, UT 84020
801.495.2224 phone
801.495.2225 fax
warnerwatershed@bowencollins.com

or

Norm Evenstad – NRCS
125 S. State Street – Room 4010
Salt Lake City, UT 84138-1100
801-524-4569 phone
norm.evenstad@ut.usda.gov

Updated January 11, 2022