Canal representative: Cooperation working, but long-term solution needed

Cooperation between canal companies and communities is working well right now in the wake of the July 11 landslide that disabled the Logan Northern Canal.Keith Meikle, a representative of the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal Company, told the Cache County Council Tuesday night that things have been working well with Logan, North Logan, Hyde Park and Smithfield all cooperating with canal companies to help divert water to the farmers in the northern part of the valley who have needed it since the July 11 landslide.But in a week or 10 days when water is needed for the third crop of hay, Meikle said, “it could be a train wreck.”Meikle told the council there is talk now about moving the Logan-Northern into the upper canal, something that had been talked about earlier as part of a storm water plan.”At first, we thought that would be way too complex of a situation,” Meikle said of diverting the canal. “When we actually started to look at it, it’s not as hard as one would think, and the benefits are enormous.”Meikle said the communities and everyone else should band together to solve the problems.”The bang for the buck that could end up happening here would benefit generations,” he said.Meikle said the pipeline in the Lundstrom Park area from the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal to the Logan-Northern Canal is a great short term solution, but he said it’s time to work together on a long-term solution that would prevent such problems from happening in the future.

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