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CONTRACT APPROVED FOR REPAIRS ON KOLOB DAM

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The Washington County Water Conservancy District board has approved a contract to make state-ordered repairs on the Kolob Reservoir dam.

The project will cost the district about $260,000, although another $100,000 could be added if the district also decides to build a pipeline there.The level of the mostly drained reservoir will continue to drop until the work starts in early September.

The board on Tuesday also approved a $7,500 study to determine feasibility of piping water from Crystal Creek, north of Kolob Creek, to the reservoir. That could more than double the amount of water the reservoir yields every year, said Ron Thompson, district manager.

"It makes Kolob go from a marginal reservoir to one that you could yield on every year," Thompson said.

Meantime, a district committee is studying ways to upgrade Kolob into more of a recreation lake. Options could include boat ramps, parking, bathroom facilities and a campground, Thompson said.

The district would like to store as much water as it can in the high-elevation reservoir, which will have less evaporation than at the lower Quail Creek Reservoir.

The dam, built in the 1950s, does not meet newer state standards.

The work will correct cracks and other problems with the dam's cement outlet, which releases water into Kolob Creek. The dam also will be made higher.

The district is considering a pipeline below the dam that would provide water more efficiently to downstream water users, who would fund the project. The district, which also would contribute, would benefit from an increase in value of an 80-acre parcel it owns.