Welcome to the Town of Rockville, Utah
Nestled in the canyon of the Virgin River, under the watchful eye of towering peaks and cliffs, lies the Town of Rockville – a rural residential and agricultural community whose current population numbers only 274. Since its founding by Mormon pioneers in 1862, Rockville has worked to maintain the vision of its forefathers. Annual events, volunteer projects, and neighbors helping neighbors bring residents together to strengthen the sense of community.
As you pass through on your way to or from Zion National Park, slow down and enjoy the peaceful beauty of this small town – its towering trees and open fields, its historic bridge, buildings, and stone irrigation ditches. Historians have referred to Rockville as “the last treasure in Utah”. Its residents would agree!
News & Information
- Current Fire Restrictions
- Input Request for UDOT's Rural Transportation Plan
- Virgin River Harmful Algae Blooms
- Rockville - Tree City, USA
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Washington County Landfill Rate Increase 2022
- Removing Tamarisk & Russian Olive
- Utah Geological Survey
CURRENT FIRE RESTRICTIONS
Color Country Interagency Fire Managers are implementing fire restrictions beginning June 2 at 12:01 a.m. on the Arizona Strip and all unincorporated county, state and federally administered public lands in the following Utah counties: Washington, Kane, Garfield, and Iron.
While fire restrictions are in effect, the following acts are prohibited:
• No campfires or open fires outside of agency improved and maintained campgrounds and home sites in southwest Utah. Running water is required on cabins or homesites on
unincorporated private land. Devices fueled by liquid petroleum are allowed.
• No discharging of fireworks or other pyrotechnic devices outside of incorporated city limits (city-specific restrictions may apply).
• No shooting of exploding targets or tracer ammunition.
• No cutting, grinding, or welding of metal in areas of dry vegetation. This includes acetylene torches.
• No use of equipment without a working and properly maintained spark arrestor (if required).
• No smoking near vegetation or outside of a developed recreation site, personal vehicle, or building.
• No open fires of any kind are allowed in Zion National Park.
• Campfires are allowed in agency improved and maintained campgrounds at Lava Point.
• Campfires are allowed at Glen Canyon in established campgrounds within established rings and below the high-water mark, only in areas completely void of vegetation.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT on the LONG-RANGE RURAL TRANSPORTATION PLAN
We want to update you on the Long-Range Rural Transportation Plan process that is now underway through mid-2023. The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) updates the Long-Range Rural Transportation Plan every four years to plan and prioritize anticipated transportation system needs for the next 25-30 years. This plan focuses on rural areas of the state of Utah and is combined with other plans.
A key part of the planning process is involving the public in a meaningful way. Comments regarding the transportation goals, needs and strategies of the plan are most helpful by July 31, 2022. However, individuals can provide input at any time throughout the planning process.
The public is encouraged to provide feedback in the following ways:
- Fill out the survey and comment on the map found at publicinput.com/udotplanning.
- Email the planning team at email@example.com
- Call a team representative at 385-360-1900
Harmful Cyanobacteria Bloom (HCB) Update
Zion National Park continues to monitor monthly for the presence of harmful cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins. Zion staff take a “multiple lines of evidence” approach when using data to issue recreational advisories. Monitoring efforts have detected cyanotoxins harmful to humans and pets in the North Fork of the Virgin River, therefore, the North Fork of the Virgin River and all connected tributaries will be elevated to a Warning Advisory. A Health Watch remains in effect at La Verkin Creek and a Warning Advisory remains in effect at North Creek. During Warning and Health Watch advisories, recreators should avoid primary contact recreation such as swimming or submerging the head. Do not drink stream water anywhere in the park. Carry in water or filter directly from a spring source.
Toxin-producing cyanobacteria of the genera Microcoleus, Tychonema, and Nostoc have been found in the North Fork of the Virgin River, North Creek, and La Verkin Creek. Colonies of cyanobacteria can be yellow, tan, green, brown, or black in color. Toxins detected in Zion include anatoxin-a, nodularin, microcystin, and cylindrospermopsin.
Need to know about cyanobacteria
Children are especially vulnerable to cyanotoxins, so be mindful of where they go if you are near a body of water like the Virgin River.
- Do not swim or put your head under the water anywhere in Zion National Park.
- Keep dogs on a leash in and out of the water. Dogs are vulnerable to cyanotoxin exposure because they may bite or accidentally eat/drink material from potentially toxic algal mats. More information about the danger to dogs from toxic cyanobacteria.
- Do not drink any water from streams or rivers in Zion National Park. There is no known recreational water filtration method that is effective at removing cyanotoxins. If you must filter water for drinking while in the Wilderness, filter and disinfect it directly from a spring.
- Contact the Utah Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222 with concerns about cyanotoxin poisoning and call 911 in the event of a medical emergency. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to, skin rash, salivation, drowsiness, tingling, burning, numbness, pain, incoherent speech, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea.
- Some permitted activities, such as technical canyoneering, are allowed. Permits are still required. Check with the Wilderness Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-772-0170 for more information.
Learn more about toxic cyanobacteria from:
- Utah Department of Water Quality
- Utah Department of Health
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Rockville as a Tree City USA
Rockville earns the Tree City USA recognition for their commitment to urban forestry
Rockville was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Rockville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: forming a tree board or department, creating a tree-care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the city as well. In addition, members of the community benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from 7-20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.
More information on the program is available at https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Just released by FEMA the Risk Rating 2.0 Discount Guide-508c.
Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Many Rockville homes fall within areas susceptible to flooding, either by our Virgin River or side drainages. In these areas flood insurance is likely required if you have a mortgage, or strongly recommended for those who own property free and clear.
Recent changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, aimed at spreading risk more equitably, are taking effect this year. In addition, the hoops and hurdles to get a policy have been significantly reduced. It’s likely that the average policy rate for fairly low risk areas like Rockville will decrease, while areas that see frequent flooding (think Florida) will see increased rates.
Below is a link to the NFIP as well as a link to a brief introductory video that describes the changes and process. Next step is to contact your insurance agent and make sure you’re covered and take advantage of the best rates possible.
Risk Rating 2.0 – Equity in Action: FEMA’s New Rating Methodology
|Video link: https://youtu.be/nxNO1k7J6qE||FEMA is committed to transforming the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) by leveraging industry best practices and current technology to better reflect a property’s individual flood risk. Insurance Agents can now access user-friendly technology that incorporates multiple flood risk factors and leverages a new rating methodology developed by the National Flood Insurance Program. Learn more about FEMA’s solution to simplify and improve the quoting process.|
Invasive Russian Olive and Tamarisks
The Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Land has obtained a grant to remove invasive Russian Olive and Tamarisks from Rockville in 2021. This is your opportunity to rid yourself of these invasive species at no cost to you!
This treatment is grant-funded, at no cost to the landowner (if they fall within the project boundary), and while funds are available one re-treatment will be conducted the following year. The treatment will be cutting Tamarisk and Russian Olive and spraying the stumps with herbicide immediately after to limit re-sprouting. Free landowner education is available as well.
To see if your property is eligible, please contact Carrie Howard, the Southwest Area Forester, at (435) 218-4629
Tamarisk Russian Olive
UTAH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The Utah Geological Survey, (a division of the Utah Department of Natural Resources), has conducted an extensive investigation of the tragic rockfall that occurred in Rockville December 2009. The detailed report (and map) that identifies and addresses rockfall hazard areas in Rockville has been published and is available to Rockville residents and property owners electronically upon request at the Town Office.
Please note that the report and map gives an overall view of potential rockfall hazard areas and is not meant as a property or site-specific geologic study.
Contact Town Clerk Vicki S. Bell at (435) 772-0992 or by email at email@example.com if you would like the electronic report emailed to you. Hard copies will be made available for a fee of $10 by signing up at the Town Office. A hard copy is also available for review in the Town Office and the Springdale Library.