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Old 04-30-2015   #1
cedar city, Utah
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Green River and Tushar Dam

This arrived in my email today. The process has moved onto the appeal phase through the spring which means the project is moving along. Hopefully the EIS preference moves through and we get some legitimate boater passages in the remodel. Would make for a more desirable long trip.


Natural Resources Conservation Service

Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) in Cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management for the Green River Diversion Rehabilitation Project, Green River, Utah


AGENCY: Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA.

ACTION: Notice of availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) in Cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management for the Green River Diversion Rehabilitation Project.

SUMMARY: This notice presents the Record of Decision (ROD) by the Utah office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to disburse Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program funds for the Green River Diversion Rehabilitation project in Emery and Grand counties, Utah. The NRCS Utah State Conservationist, David Brown, signed the ROD on April 2, 2015, which constitutes the NRCS’s final decision.

ADDRESSES: The complete text of the NRCS ROD for the Green River Diversion Rehabilitation Project can be viewed and downloaded from the project Web site at Green River/Tusher Diversion Dam Rehabilitation (Utah Deptof Ag & Food) | NRCS along with the Final EIS. Complete copies of the ROD are available upon request from the NRCS Utah State Office at 125 South State Street, Room 4010 in Salt Lake City.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Brown, NRCS State Conservationist, Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building 125 South State Street, Room 4010 Salt Lake City, UT 84138, telephone: 801–524–4555, email:

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRCS, as the lead Federal Agency, is working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and the Bureau of Land Management as a cooperating agency to rehabilitate the existing Green River Diversion Dam (diversion) system that will continue to provide water delivery to water rights holders. The ROD constitutes the NRCS’s final decision to implement the diversion improvements is based upon the analysis in the FEIS, which identified the Replace In Place With Passages as the environmentally preferred alternative. The Notice of Availability of the Final EIS was published in the Federal Register on June 27, 2014 (Federal Register /Vol. 79, No. 124 / Friday, June 27, 2014 /Notices).

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Old 04-30-2015   #2
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Thanks for the update. I thought this was already all approved. I also looked at the section below Swasey's on the way out from my last trip, and it is uuuugggly. Gonna be one hot, slow row to the state park.

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Old 04-30-2015   #3
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Just got this from Herm Hoops, his thanks sent out to those on the distribution list and putting the project into perspective. I'd like to echo the thanks to those involved and hope to have the chance to run from Flaming Gorge to Hite someday.

I want to thank the cooperators in the Tusher Diversion Rehabilitation for their vision and work that assured an appropriate boat passage in the project. I know that at times it was not easy, and I am certain that the delays were frustrating to some. But working together and including the boat passage you have provided a wonderful resource for the future.

Although on a “fast track” for replacement, the particulars involved worked to include the boat passage for the diversion - even though it meant a delay in doing the work. Working together you developed and considered the effects of several alternatives, finally selecting the best one for all involved. The Record of Decision has been made and now the users will have the diversion, a new section of river is safely open to river runners, and the city of Green River has the opportunity for a long-range plan for recreational river activities. It is an exemplary project that shows the excellent results of a very diverse group of users including federal, state, local government agencies, river outfitters and private river runners, conservation organizations, business and agriculture and private citizens working together.

River runners now have the opportunity to run safely from Flaming Gorge Dam or Rangely, Colorado to Hite on Lake Powell – a distance exceeding that of the Grand Canyon and providing the opportunity for what is known as “Powell Trips.” In time Green River has the opportunity to develop this river resource to provide recreational and business opportunities for its residents.

Thank you very much for your cooperation and foresight.

Sincerely Yours

Herm Hoops
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Old 04-30-2015   #4
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If Green River, Utah municipal government gets their act together this could be huge for them. Its not that a lot of people will do the entire float but the desire of taking out or launch in Green River has signifcant appeal.

Also grateful for the work of the agencies and individuals. Recognized some the names and addresses on the email from the NRCS. This should be a welcome reminder that we can make a difference as stakeholders. Its long past time we had a passage and didn't have to worry about running a dam with rebar sticking out, which is the only reason I haven't continued on to GR, Mineral Bottom or all the way through Cataract in the past.

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