Herbert asks for canal study

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Lt. Gov. Gary Herbert wants a study into the safety of Utah’s canals. Herbert cited the mudslide that killed a mother and her two children in Logan in his directive to review the 5,300 miles of water canals in the state. Herbert says the canals are necessary, but wants Utah’s Executive Water Task Force to study the system and make safety recommendations where they are needed. The group will address Herbert’s directive at a meeting Aug. 4. The cause of the slide that buried a house under 20 feet of mud is still being investigated. A break in an irrigation canal above the home was among the possible causes.

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