Lemon: many communities ‘dependent’ on canal improvements

It is a major responsibility but Cache County Executive Lynn Lemon says it is appropriate for Cache County to serve as sponsor for a canal improvement project which involves more than $19 million in federal money.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Wednesday, Lemon said the Cache County Council voted unanimously to sponsor the project, although it has taken no position on which alternative is chosen. Lemon said the county wants to be a leader in water issues and this is a very critical project.”It’s really dealing with the disaster that happened on the Logan-Northern Canal,” Lemon said. “Several of the options include the Logan-Hyde Park-Smithfield Canal, the Upper Canal. “This affects water to a lot of individuals, not just agricultural water, but a lot of communities are dependent on this as it relates to culinary water.”In addition to the federal money, there is a 25 percent match that needs to be met by canal shareholders. Lemon says no local taxpayer money is involved.

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