Beaver Creek Diversion
What is it?
The Beaver Creek Diversion is a concrete structure located at the intersection of Beaver Creek and the Weber-Provo Canal in Kamas, Utah. The structure was designed to divert up to all of the flow in Beaver Creek into the Weber-Provo Canal, except for a small diversion downstream, and also allows water to be redirected into Beaver Creek in an emergency. The structure consists of an inlet with wooden flashboards that divert the primary flow from Beaver Creek and two culverts that carry the overflow under the canal.
Why was it built?
The Beaver Creek Diversion was built to allow the Association to divert water from Beaver Creek into the Weber-Provo Canal for eventual storage in Deer Creek Reservoir, where it is accessed by the Association’s shareholders. The diversion can also allow water to be diverted from the Weber-Provo Canal back into Beaver Creek, or to be delivered from Beaver Creek to other water right holders in the Kamas area.
When was it built?
The Beaver Creek Diversion was originally constructed in 1921 by Weber River Water Users. In 1941 the Association took over operation and maintenance of the Weber-Provo Canal as part of the Provo River Project, when the entire canal system was enlarged and improved.
How big is it?
The Beaver Creek Diversion varies in its capacity depending on the needs of the Association, but it can deliver up to 150 cfs of water.
What is the Association’s responsibility?
The Association’s responsibility is to maintain the gates and keep the diversion bay free of debris. Association staff also controls and monitors water flow.