ZION NATIONAL PARK – Zion National Park is seeking public input on the National Park Service’s proposed plan to upgrade an irrigation system and diversion structure within the park. The existing system delivers irrigation through an open ditch to Zion’s Watchman Campground, South Campground and the Zion Canyon Visitor Center.
The proposed project would replace the open ditch irrigation system with a pressurized pipeline system. Operation of the existing irrigation system is problematic and requires significant maintenance and upkeep. Park officials propose that using pipes and a pressurized system will improve irrigation efficiency, increase the areas irrigated with non-culinary water, and decrease the required maintenance on open ditch systems.
The park encourages the public to participate throughout the planning process. The park is currently in the scoping phase of this process, and invites the public to submit written suggestions, comments, and concerns regarding this proposed project. Such input may be made online at the National Park Service’s Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website. Alternatively, comments may be mailed to: Zion National Park, Upgrade Irrigation System, Springdale, UT 84767.
All input must be submitted by September 12, 2011.