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Commission declines canal company request | Preston Citizen

Commission declines canal company request

September 19, 2012


Assistant Editor

The Franklin County Commission has declined a request from Twin Lakes Canal Company to retract letters sent to the Idaho Water Resource Board (IWRB) regarding an access road to a proposed Oneida Narrows Reservoir.

All three county commissioners stated they will not retract the letters for the following reasons:

1. The letters “in question” were never accepted into evidence by the Idaho Water Resource Board.

2. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) access road feasibility study final report states: (page 1 section 18.1.1) “The proposed access road falls under the jurisdiction of Franklin County Road and Bridge and will be considered a county road.” The County Commissioners were not approached regarding this statement.

3. The public advisory vote was taken and “our” letter stated the outcome. This outcome was also stated by Mr. Clair Bosen on day one of his testimony to the Idaho Water Resource Board.

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4. Finally and most relevant to this issue is the fact the permitting process required of Twin Lakes Canal Company is a robust process that is determined by the merits of the project. The regulating agencies (Idaho Water Resource Board, FERC, Army Corp of Engineers) make the determination, certainly not the Franklin County Commissioners.

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