The Blue Ribbon Fisheries Program is about to bring long needed upgrades and renovations to Navajo Lake. Blue Ribbon Fisheries are Utah waterbodies that provide some of the most exceptional, high quality fishing experiences to local anglers. 44 waterbodies in the state have been given the Blue Ribbon designation. The Blue Ribbons Fisheries Program provides designates and helps fund these fisheries. The program was created in 2001 by then Governor Mike Leavitt and formally established in 2005 by then Governor Jon Huntsman, Jr. This year, the program is allocating $450,000 to fund projects at 16 waterbodies aiming to enhance these locations to help them retain their elite status. At Navajo Lake, the dike is old and has deteriorated over the years which resulted in two dam failures in recent years that drained the lake and ruined the fishery. The project will help complete necessary work along the embankment and rebuild the spillway and increase size capacity to prevent future breaching. Over the past decade, the Blue Ribbon program has funded 173 projects and allocated $2.3 million toward improving Utah Fisheries.

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