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Corn Creek Watershed (Sponsor = Kanosh Town)

Project Description

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), with Kanosh Town as the project sponsor and Corn Creek Irrigation Company as project co-sponsor, is proposing to partially fund watershed protection measures through the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (Public Law [PL] 83-566) in the Corn Creek Watershed, Millard County. The main objective of the project is to address concerns about flooding potential, potential failure of the existing debris basin due to seepage that is occurring in the embankment’s foundation and water shortages each irrigation season caused by reduced flow in Corn Creek as the year progresses, which increases demand on groundwater resources, limits crop production and cropping options, and impacts economic development in Kanosh.

Conceptual improvements may include:

  • Flood Prevention
    • New reservoir/debris basin
    • Route flood flows around town and/onto fields
    • Improve recharge of primary aquifer
  • Agricultural Water Management
    • Improve irrigation water supply
    • Provide sustainable pressurized conveyance system
    • Increase reliability of water deliveries to Paiute tribal lands

NEPA Analysis

NRCS, as the lead federal agency, is initiating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis in the form of a 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 and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations (7 CFR Part 650), which require an evaluation of potential environmental impacts associated with federal projects and actions.

Current Status

The project is currently in the alternative development and analysis phase.

Project Schedule

Scoping Public Comment Period: April 29, 2021 – May 28, 2021

Scoping Report (PDF)

Scoping Public Virtual Meeting: May 12, 2021

You can click here to see the meeting flyer, presentation, and a recording of the meeting.

Alternative Development and Analysis: Spring 2021 - Winter 2021

Preparation of Draft Watershed Plan - Environmental Assessment (Draft Plan-EA): Spring 2022-Summer 2022

Draft Plan-EA Public Comment Period (30 days): Winter 2022

Preparation of Watershed Plan & Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (Plan-EA and FONSI): Spring 2023

Issue Finding of No Significant Impact: Spring 2023

Project Location

The project is located in the Corn Creek Watershed, Millard County.

Updated: October 14, 2021

Contact Information

Monique Robbins – Franson Civil Engineers
1276 South 820 East
American Fork, UT 84003 
mrobbins@fransoncivil.com
801-756-0309
Wayne Urie – USDA-NRCS
1090 N Des Bee Dove Road
Castle Dale, UT 84513
wayne.urie@usda.gov
435-820-4470
Derek Hamilton
125 South State Street, Room 4010
Salt Lake City, UT 84138
Derek.hamilton@usda.gov 
801-524-4560