Dam Removal on the American Fork River in Utah


On February 6th, several stakeholders signed a settlement agreement to decommission and remove a small diversion dam and a two-mile pipeline that make up the American Fork project in Utah. Owner PacifiCorp, Trout Unlimited, American Whitewater, the Forest Service, National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife, and several state agencies agreed to take out project works in Lone Peak Wilderness, Uinta National Forest, and the Timpanogos Cave National Monument in American Fork Canyon.

Originally constructed in 1907 before public lands and water protections, this dam adversely affects the American Fork River, has structural problems, and generates very little energy. Under the agreement, PacifiCorp plans to close the power plant in September 2006 and remove the diversion structure and pipeline by the end of 2007.