Canal clean up mostly complete

A water sample from the contaminated Hyde Park/North Logan canal is seen on the left. Oil from a chip and seal project washed into the canal Saturday after rain storms swept through the area.

Clean up of an irrigation canal is mostly complete Monday after oil from a chip and seal road project contaminated the lower canal over the weekend in North Logan and Hyde Park. According to the Bear River Health Department, water was released back into the ditch Sunday evening and it is anticipated that irrigation will be resuming by Monday afternoon.

At about 7 p.m. Saturday, emergency officials responded to the area of 1800 North in North Logan to find and isolate the source of the contamination.

The oil from the road project and washed into the canal after Saturday’s rain storms. Teams confirmed that the contaminated water had traveled five miles. The contaminated water was diverted into a field near U.S. 91 and upstream water was slowed to allow for the spill to be contained and clean up to begin.

An environmental clean up company was contacted to help facilitate the clean up with the Bear River Health Department overseeing the clean-up process. 

The Bear River Health Department warns residents that if the water in the canal is brown or if residents notice an unusual odor in the North Logan-Hyde Park irrigation system they should not water.

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