Fishers are welcoming a decision expected to keep Provo River flow high enough to protect the river's fishery between Deer Creek Dam and the Olmstead Diversion Dam.
Water flow through the six-mile stretch appeared to be jeopardized because of low water in Deer Creek Reservoir and plans to repair the Olmstead aqueduct. The green aqueduct, which comes on line at the Olmstead dam, carries water to a treatment plant in north Orem before the water flows to Salt Lake County.To empty the line for repairs, officials tentatively planned to reroute about 100 second-feet of water on Oct. 15 into the Salt Lake aqueduct instead of letting it flow down the Provo River to the diversion dam. The Salt Lake aqueduct begins just below Deer Creek Dam.
Officials decided on Monday, however, to do repairs from Oct. 10 to 15 so they could take advantage of current higher river flows. The flows will be reduced sometime after Oct. 15 when demand for irrigation water by Provo water users ceases.
"We have outlined a plan we think will be good for everyone involved," said Nick Sefakis, general manager of the Salt Lake City Metropolitan Water District. Speaking during the meeting at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District offices in Orem, he said, "I believe if all the people involved work together, we can maintain 100 cfs (in the river)."
Also attending the meeting were representatives of the Provo River Water Users Association, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.