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Amid the flood of data being used to report current drought conditions in Utah comes a statistic of particular note to Cache Valley residents: The Logan River is at its lowest level for this time of year since 1992, during Utah’s second-worst recorded drought.

Bethany Neilson, who keeps close tabs on the river as director of the Logan River Observatory at USU’s Utah Water Research Laboratory, said the low reading was reported by the USGS gauging station at the mouth of the canyon, which is below the Highline Canal diversion a mile or so upstream. That diversion takes slightly more water than it did in 1992 as a result of canal reconfiguration following the tragic 2006 Logan Bluff landslide, which could skew the comparison between now and 29 summers ago. But Neilson says the low-flow conditions are nevertheless similar.

Charlie McCollum is the managing editor of The Herald Journal. He can be reached at or 435-792-7220.

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