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The disastrous proposed Gooseberry Narrows dam would dry-up the amazing lower Price River, and a roadless gorge before its confluence with the Green River--a run popular with boaters. Check out this short video about the taxpayer-funded boondoggle at:
Gooseberry Tax Scandal - YouTube
 

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The purpose of the dam is primarily to provide a third yield of hay for livestock during the summer season in San Pete County, but there is an abundance of land there to simply range feed the livestock on state and federal lands instead of abusively cramming them into pastures and bringing in hay for them. I also did some math. Suppose this dam extended the growing season by a whole two months, that would average 45 cfs (90 cfs if the growing season was only extended by a month) being diverted to San Pete County throughout the duration. The dam would retain water during spring runoff and release it during late summer. It would significantly dewater the class IV creek run down Price Canyon as well, a stretch that I consider one of the better creek runs in Utah. Retaining 45-90 cfs would probably reduce the season on that run by 80% or more. Most years it probably won't even be runnable. On the otherhand, that water will be diverted into Cottonwood canyon and flow down into the town of Ephraim, so maybe after some pruning I could make another late season low volume steepcreeking run out of it, like on Sixthwater.
 

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I had heard that the dam was approved but I was not certain what the consequences would be to river users. Thanks for the information.

It is my understanding that even though the dam has been approved there is no funding for the project. Anyone know if this is correct?
 

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That's right, the Bureau of Reclamation approved the project this week, but also denied a federal loan request by Sanpete Water Conservancy District. The loan was the project's principal funding source, but despite this blow the project proponents are spinning the decision as a victory. The loan refusal reflects the reality of the fiscally conservative climate we currently live in, but apparently hasn't brought this "agency" back to reality.
 

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Hard to say what the outcome will be, but they have approval to build the dam, just not the funding. The water district is in poor standing with some for violating state financial disclosure laws, but could feasibly get a loan from somewhere other than the Bureau. Carbon County and others will likely take this to court if they need to, and that could draw things out for some time.

If all Utah boaters wrote to their representatives telling them not to support this disastrous taxpayer-funded stimulus project for Sanpete County, it may never have to go to court, and could be laid to rest for good. Paddlers should cry foul about this ruinous project that would destroy the headwaters and dry-up the lower gorge of the amazing Price River.
 
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