Construction & Design

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Joint inspection work takes place at Millsite Dam

The Construction & Design section provides engineering design and construction management services for various board-funded irrigation and dam safety projects as well as providing water-related engineering assistance for the Division’s sister agencies such as Wildlife, Parks, and Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

Recent Projects

Millsite Dam

Red Creek Dam

Silver Lake Flat Dam

West Desert Pumps

This section is also responsible for maintaining the West Desert pumps, which were operational from April 10, 1987, to June 30, 1989. The pumps helped protect homes, farms, I-80 and even the airport against flooding after Great Salt Lake rose approximately 12 vertical feet from 1982-1987. About 2.73 million acre-feet – or approximately 9 billion gallons of water – was pumped through the system at that time, which lowered lake levels about 18 inches. The total cost to build the project was $60 million.

The state currently spends about $10,000 per year to maintain the pumps so that in the event Mother Nature turns on the rain again, the pumps could be restarted. In the 1980s, it took just five years for the lake to rise 12 feet! 

For more information, contact Matt Call at MattCall@utah.gov or 801-538-7270.