Wayne County voters overwhelmingly approved a non-binding ballot question on whether to dam the Fremont River for an irrigation and power project that would pipe most of the water out of the river just west of the town of Torrey and just up the river from Capitol Reef National Park.

The project would cause the river to fluctuate from 30 to 150 cubic feet per second in the course of a single day, instead of a year. Water from the dam would be diverted to Torrey, a fast-growing part of the county.Fremont Water Conservancy officials first proposed the dam in 1986, when it was estimated it would cost $12 million to produce 8 megawatts of power from an earthen dam that would tower 180 feet above the present stream bed. The cost is now estimated to be at least $18 million for the dam.