Comments about ‘Murray residents plead for canal oversight following flood’

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Published: Tuesday, April 30 2013 9:41 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber 2
SLC, UT

If "more canal oversight" means having a staff of government bureaucrats set up to be responsible for canal safety, that is a very foolish idea. No one has a greater vested interest in canals operating safely and efficiently than the canal owners.

Getting bureaucrats involved just provides someone to officially blame someone else for those very rare occasions when accidents happen.

Canals are essential when you live in a desert and want to grow green stuff all over an arid valley. If that scares you, then move someplace where they don't have canals. Oh, then watch out for sinkholes, hurricanes, tidal waves and other potential disasters. Stuff happens, even with bureaucrats.

ronnie
sandy, utah

We have been an urban community for how long now. It is now time to overhaul all the irrigation canal systems in the County. Storm drains are one thing but all irrigation systems should be pressurized. Pressurized systems are 1) safer, 2) less right of way 3) fewer expensive road crossing culverts, 4) less ditch bank vegetation, 5) less mosquito abatement problems, and 6) less risk of toddler drownings.

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