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High Line Canal Company

Welcome to the Strawberry High Line Canal Co (SHLCC). Learn about the history, and background of how the irrigation water of the Strawberry Valley Project is delivered from Strawberry Reservoir to individual shareholders in South Utah County.

Utah’s First Federal Reclamation Project

From the earliest years of the nation, American public policy has generally recognized agriculture as the best possible use for land. Thomas Jefferson’s veneration of the independent, virtuous “yeoman farmer” was shared by most of his countrymen. Policies such as the Northwest Ordinances, which established the method for surveying and selling public land, and the Homestead Act, which granted lands to individual settlers, reflected the belief that public lands should be transferred rapidly into the hands of private, smallholding farmers. In the early part of the 20th century, the federal government took the lead in mammoth projects to irrigate Western farmlands. The first federal reclamation project in Utah was the Strawberry Valley project.

Utah’s First Federal Reclamation Project

From the earliest years of the nation, American public policy has generally recognized agriculture as the best possible use for land. Thomas Jefferson’s veneration of the independent, virtuous “yeoman farmer” was shared by most of his countrymen. Policies such as the Northwest Ordinances, which established the method for surveying and selling public land, and the Homestead Act, which granted lands to individual settlers, reflected the belief that public lands should be transferred rapidly into the hands of private, smallholding farmers. In the early part of the 20th century, the federal government took the lead in mammoth projects to irrigate Western farmlands. The first federal reclamation project in Utah was the Strawberry Valley project.

Below this content put a Read More button that opens to this PDF found in the forms folder: Strawberry Valley Was Utah’s First Federal Reclamation Project

Project History

In 1847, the first Mormon settlers entered the present state of Utah. They entered a part of the Great Basin Desert, arid and uninviting. The Mormons spread out across most of the land they called Deseret, some going to the southern Utah Valley. They soon began farming the few tracts of arable land in the valley that received sufficient water. As early as 1847, settlers near Utah Lake first diverted the nearby rivers and streams for irrigation. The close-knit cooperation among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided a basis for Utah citizens to work closely, and fairly easily together on subsequent projects. The tradition of cooperation led to the relative smoothness of the negotiations by the citizens of Utah and Wasatch Counties with Reclamation in creating the Strawberry Valley Project

Project History

In 1847, the first Mormon settlers entered the present state of Utah. They entered a part of the Great Basin Desert, arid and uninviting. The Mormons spread out across most of the land they called Deseret, some going to the southern Utah Valley. They soon began farming the few tracts of arable land in the valley that received sufficient water. As early as 1847, settlers near Utah Lake first diverted the nearby rivers and streams for irrigation. The close-knit cooperation among members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided a basis for Utah citizens to work closely, and fairly easily together on subsequent projects. The tradition of cooperation led to the relative smoothness of the negotiations by the citizens of Utah and Wasatch Counties with Reclamation in creating the Strawberry Valley Project

board members

Doug Rowley
North Genola

District 1

Max Throckmorton
South Genola

District 2

David McMullin
South West Mountain

District 3

Gregg Hiatt
West Mountain

District 4

Dave L McMullin
North West Mountain

District 5

Greg Saunders
South Payson/Spring Lake

District 6

Rudy Ekins
Payson

District 7

Bill Beifuss
East Payson/West Salem

District 8

Boyd Warren
East Salem

District 9

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