The state says the economic and environmental impact on Box Elder County of the proposed Honeyville Dam on the Bear River was not sufficiently addressed in a recent study prepared by Logan-based Biowest Inc.
As a result, the state has notified Box Elder County it will sponsor an impact study specifically addressing Box Elder County's needs.Also feeling their county has been neglected in previous studies, Box Elder County commissioners recently appointed new County Economic Development Director Len Woolley to coordinate with the state and manage the proposed study.
Among the commission's concerns is that the proposed plan calls for the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge to receive a disproportionate amount of water from the project. At the same time, cities south of Box Elder County, including Salt Lake City, want the water.
Box Elder County needs water, too, commissioners say. Even non-Box Elder County-oriented studies show that of the areas proposed to receive water from the Honeyville Dam, Box Elder County is projected to be the first to run out of current water supplies.