Farmers will be impacted by 2009 canal tragedy

It was a tragedy in July 2009 when a canal failed and a landslide killed a mother and her two children on Logan’s Canyon Road.Farmer and Chairman of the Cache county Council Jon White said the aftermath has also created a tragedy for a lot of farmers in the Logan, North Logan, Hyde Park and Smithfield areas. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, White said he goes along with the preferred alternative for the multi-million-dollar canal reconstruction project. He believes it is the most economic option, but White said until the project is finished, the farmers are only getting a third to a half of their regular water amounts.”Their production depends on, if they’re a dairy farm or rancher or raise corn or whatever they raise, they need irrigation water. We had taken half of that right off the bat,” White said. “So economic times now, they’re tough in the agriculture business. It costs them as much to mow a crop of hay that’s half a ton as it does one that’s three tons. So all the inputs remain the same, but what they take off the ground is a third as much.”White said because of the time it takes for an environmental assessment and other requirements that go with federal funding, the farmers may have waited four years before they get their water. He said unfortunately, some people will have been forced to stop farming before then.

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