Environews: Gooseberry Narrows Dam permit denied

By Amy Brunvand

The Army Corps of Engineers has declined to issue a permit for the Sanpete Water Conservancy District to build a dam on Gooseberry Creek saying that “the proposed project has the potential to cause significant adverse effects to the quality of the human environment” and “the specifics of the project’s purpose and need remain unclear and problematic.”

The Gooseberry Narrows water project threatens to flood miles of streams proposed for Wild and Scenic River designation that Trout Unlimited says are among the most highly valued trout fisheries in Utah, basically so that Sanpete County can steal water from Carbon County. Other citizen groups working to stop the Gooseberry Narrows Project include Utah Rivers Council and Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

Utah Rivers Council: utahrivers.org

This article was originally published on August 2, 2016.