Bureau of Reclamation

11/07/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/07/2018 17:22

Bureau of Reclamation to Hold Public Meeting to Discuss Vegetation Removal Along High Line Canal

Media Contact: Andrew Kirby, 385-497-3488, [email protected]
Marlon Duke, 801-524-3744, [email protected]

For Release: November 07, 2018

SALEM, UT - On November 8, 2018 the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting to discuss plans for the removal of woody vegetation (trees and shrubs) from government-owned land adjacent to the High Line Canal. The canal is located in Utah County near the cities of Salem and Payson.

If not properly managed, woody vegetation near urbanized canals can present safety risks. Woody vegetation grows roots that penetrate earthen canal banks and creates habitat which encourages rodent infestations. Rodents burrow into canal banks and create leaks that threaten facility integrity. In addition, vegetation makes it more difficult for canal operators to discover and address developing safety issues. Without a clear view of the banks of a canal, a minor seepage problem can rapidly develop into a full-scale emergency.

Reclamation's Provo Area Office is committed to working with neighboring landowners and would appreciate the opportunity to discuss any issues related to the project. The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Salem Community Center at 151 West 300 South in Salem, Utah. Comments may also be sent to [email protected]

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