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Kane Creek Preservation and Development Project at Kings Bottom

June 05, 2023
by John S. Weisheit

Kings Bottom.  Satellite imagery by Google Earth.
Kings Bottom. Satellite imagery by Google Earth.

More about the photo above: Kings Bottom is an attachment bar, which are created by large eddies during large flood events; expansion bar is actually the better word. When the next large flood arrives, there will be slope failures, and/or infrastructure will be crushed by all the driftwood and woody debris entrained within the flood flow and the recirculating eddy. When the flood recedes, the entire bottom will be replaced by an entirely new and different attachment bar, which may be larger, smaller, or become an island, or dissappear altogether.

In other words, in a river corridor, terminal eviction eventually happens to every property owner, including the Bureau of Reclamation, the ultimate dam builder.

It is not wise to dismiss the natural movements and pulses of Nature's water cycle. Consider that the Colorado River has already eroded half the total volume of the Colorado Plateau's massive rock formations that are either volcanic, metamorphic, or sedimentary (marine and continental).

Consider too, that the geologic history of the Colorado River is a classic "fill and spill" basin. An incredibly vibrant river system that, in geologic time, just recently reached the ocean. This river is still young, in that it has yet to accomplish filling the last structural depression with detritus from the Colorado Plateau and the Rocky Mountains. This depression is below sea level and known as the Salton Sink in southern California and northern Mexico.

  • Cenozoic Geology of the Colorado Plateau. Charles Butler Hunt.
  • Note: this professional paper was written in 1956. It is still the most referenced geology paper ever written about the Colorado Plateau.

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WATER RIGHTS AT KING'S BOTTOM
Utah Division of Water Rights; (UDWRi or "State Engineer")

New Informatioon - Change Applications were filed with Utah Division of Water Rights in January of 2024. Citizens may file protest applications HERE

Batch One

1.a. 05-2450

1.b. 05-644

1.c. 05-290


Batch Two

2.a. 05-1990

2.b. 05-1296

2.c. 05-1295


The chronology of consumptive water use at King's Bottom - 1962 to 2020

1962 - chicken farm / dairy farm.

1992 - Drilling log at zero to 10 feet: river mobilized alluvium.

1992 - Drilling log at 10 to 360 feet: bedrock (Glen Canyon Group).

1992 - Output is 20 - 25 gallons per minute.

2002 - Private campground; bathroom & shower building.

2020 - Water rights transfered to KCPD, LLC in 2020.

2024 - Change Applications were filed in January. Citizens may file a protest application HERE

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DEVELOPERS - CONTACT INFORMATION
Kane Creek Preservation and Development, LLC

  • eMail: info@kanecreekmoab.com
  • Partners: Craig Weston, Tom Gottlieb & Trent Arnold
  • Website: does not yet exist
  • Civil Engineer: Jeff Pillus; jeffp@setengineering.com
  • Attorney: J. Craig Smith; jcsmith@shutah.law
DOCUMENTS

KANE SPRING IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BOARD MEETINGS

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GRAPHICS

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COLORADO RIVER FLOODS

Table: Statistical vs Emperical

Statistics Vs Empirical


FLOOD HAZARDS

DISCUSSION ABOUT 100-YEAR FLOODS

  • Read: US Geological Survey Discussion
  • Defining a 100-year flood is related to general acceptable policies for government agencies and insurance providers. This is a statistical analysis, which is obviously acceptable to governing agencies, as long as it is also understood that this standard is the minimalist approach. See: Initial-Phase Investigation of Multi-Dimensional Streamflow Simulations in the Colorado River, Moab Valley, Grand County, Utah, 2004. Kenney, USGS.
  • An empirical study is letting Nature speak for itself. Nature is random, unpredictable, and extreme. For example, the 20th century was the wettest century in the last 2000-years, according to calibrated tree-ring data. Yet, the Colorado River in the 20th century did not have a single 100-year flood event, whether statistical or empirical.
  • Whereas the 19th century had many serious flood events related to an atmospheric river event and volcanic eruptions in the South Pacific.
  • Paleoflood hydrology is the science that provides empirical data about the frequency and magnitude of prehistoric flood events.
  • Science Moab Interview with Professor Vic Baker (listen).
  • Identifying flood indicators in nature: Historical and Paleoflood Analyses for Probabilistic Flood-Hazard Assessments: Approaches and Review Guidelines. Harden.
  • This data in real time was recently calibrated for the Colorado River Basin above the confluence with the Green River, and as follows:
  • A 100-year flood would have a peak discharge ranging from 156,440 to 179,050 cfs. Thirty-four such floods have happened in the last 2,000 years.
  • A 500-year flood would have a peak discharge ranging from 224,780 to 265,570 cfs. Twenty such floods have happened in the last 2,000 years.
  • A 1000-year flood would have a peak discharge ranging from 256,740 to 310,770 cfs. Four such floods have happened in the last 2,000 years.

CLICK HERE FOR A PRESENTATION about flood hazards at Kings Bottom by John Weisheit, conservation director of Living Rivers & Colorado Riverkeeper. Note: this presentation was shared with the developer, engineer, attorney and our administrative agencies and elected officals.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to Professor Victor Baker about paeleoflood hydrology. Science Moab, KZMU Community Radio.

FLOOD SCIENCE
  • Read about the hundreds of paleoflood reports at this website.

FEMA FLOODPLAIN MAPS

GRAPHICS

 

DISCUSSION OF DEVELOPMENT BELOW THE 100-YEAR FLOOD ZONE
  • Phase 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 is in Area 1
  • Area 1 is between the Colorado River and Kane Creek Road.
  • Phase 6 is in Area 4
  • Area 4 is between the Colorado River and Kane Creek Road.
  • Phase 7 is in Area 5
  • Area 5 is between Kane Creek Road and bedrock.
  • Phase 8 is in Area 2
  • Area 2 is between Colorado River and Kane Creek Road.
  • Phase 9 is in Area 6
  • Area 6 is beween Colorado River and Kane Creek Road.
  • Source: FEMA Maps and Anderson Engineering (see document section above).
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PERMIT FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT FACILITY

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: There is a public meeting on August 3, 2023 at the Grand Center that begins at 6pm. This hearing is about a permit application to construct an independent, on site sewage treatment plant at King's Bottom along Kane Creek Road and the Colorado River.

The developer is Kane Creek Preservation and Development, LLC (KCPD)

The extented comment period closes August 4th, 2023

AGENDA: From Utah Department of Water Quality (DWQ); the agency contact person is Jeff Studenka

  • Open House for Discharge Permit Application for Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) (sewage processing facility) for Kane Creek Development and Preservation, LLC.
  • Informational session begins at 6:00 pm
  • Hearing from to 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm on August 3, 2023
  • Grand Center, Main Hall
  • 182 N 500 W Moab, UT 84532
  • Public Presentation by DWQ of Jeff Studenka at Moab on August 3, 2023.
  • Recording of Public Hearing. Note: This recording was not edited and the proceedings do not begin until minute 53.

DOCUMENTS

TALKING POINTS ABOUT THE SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT
  • Kane Creek Road and King's Bottom are below the 100-year flood zone (156,440 cubic feet per second. See: Year 2014 calibration table in the Flood Hazard Section, above).
  • King's Bottom is an attachment bar, which are created by large eddies during large flood events. When the next large flood arrives, there will be slope failures at King's Bottom, and/or infrastructure will be crushed by all the driftwood and woody debris entrained within the flood flow and the recirculating eddy. When the flood recedes, the entire bottom will be replaced by an entirely new and different attachment bar, which may be larger, smaller, or become an island, or dissappear altogether.
  • This is a preliminary discussion based on public information that is limited, or withheld. At some point a request for information will be provided via GRAMA Request (See Administrative Documents section above).
  • In the floodplain (below the 100-year level) of the Colorado River, roads and residential homes will be constructed.
  • The last 100-year flood occurred in 1862; that event was an atmospheric river from the Pacific Ocean that lasted 43-days. A near 100-year flood occurred in 1884. Several large floods occurred in a pluvial between 1905 to 1921. Flood frequency and flood magnitude is expected to increase because our warming atmosphere can hold more water vapor.
  • The development will require flood insurance and the premiums will be high. This insurance will be federal flood insurance (FEMA).
  • Before housing can be developed, it is obvious that a traffic plan to handle increased traffic will be necessary, for vehicles hauling heavy payloads, and for first responder vehicles.
  • It is obvious that the utility corridor will have to be improved, which includes the installation of fire hydrants and a storage tank for the water.
  • There will be amenities in the floodplain of the Colorado River. We assume this include eateries, hotels, rentals, and other commercial enterprises.

ANNOUNCEMENT: October 11, 2023 - FINAL Decision of Department of Water Quality regarding complain by citizens and the subsequent public hearing on June 14th.

SUMMARY - What was approved is the sewage treatmant facility of the proposed development. It has been determined that "Permit coverage under the UPDES Construction General Storm Water Permit is required, however, for any construction at the faicility which disturbs an acre or more or is part of a common plan of development or sale that is an acre or greater."

Further information regarding storm water permit requirements can be found at http://stormwater.utah.gov.

COMMENT LETTER

DOCUMENTS

APPEAL PROCESS

  • The procedures for appealing a permit decision can be found under Utah Code ยง 19-1-301.5 and Utah Admin. Code R305-7-104(5) and R305-7-203.
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UPDATE ON UPDES CONSTRUCTION PERMIT

Construction approved by Utah Department of Environmental Quality, which issued a Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) Permit to Kane Creek Preservation and Development, LLC (KCPD) will begin on December 4, 2023.

Citizens requested a public presentation about this permit, which was granted, and as follows

ANNOUNCEMENT from Utah Department of Water Quality.

  • Public Meeting
  • Monday, November 27, 2023
  • Virtual Meeting Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
  • Staff presentation: 6:00-6:20 PM
  • Questions: 6:20-7:00 PM

Zoom credentials:


Information
  • Permit: UPDES Construction General Permit, Permit Number UTRC0000
  • Agency: Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Quality

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, individuals with special needs (including auxiliary communicative aids and services) should contact the Utah State Accessibility website at https://www.utah.gov/accessibility.html

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