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Newton Service Canal Modification Project
Final Environmental Assessment
and Finding of No Significant Impact

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The Newton Water Users Association located in Cache County, Utah, has requested authorization from the Bureau of Reclamation to modiS the existing Newton Canal into a pressurized pipeline. The Association is made up of 118 farmer and 260 homeowner shareholders who hold 4,640 shares of water. The Newton Project was established to provide a firm water supply to land in the vicinity of the town of Newton. The Newton Project consists of Newton Dam, Reservoir, and Canal (Main, East, and Highline (or West) portions). The main canal starts at the toe of the dam and splits into the East and West canals approximately 0.5 miles from the dam. The canal was finishedin 1947. Over the last 67 years of operation, normal wear and tear has taken its toll. Much of the canal contains broken concrete and/or an open unlined canal that renders its use less effrcient each year.

The purpose of the project is to minimíze or eliminate loss of water to seepage and evaporation, maximizing the amount of water available for irrigation purposes in the vicinþ of the town of Newton. The Association proposes converting the canal into a pressurized pipeline and changing the alignment in some areas. The canal is located partially within an existing easement owned by Reclamation. The canal is currently operated and maintained by the Association under an agreement with Reclamation.

 Final Environmental Assessment
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 Finding of No Significant Impact
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Last updated: February 6, 2015