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
- Rockville Irrigation Updates
- 2023 Spring Runoff_Flooding Resources
- Hoary Cress (Whitetop) Notice
- Virgin River Harmful Algae Blooms - Update 5/30/2023
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Removing Tamarisk & Russian Olive
- Utah Geological Survey
May 24, 2023, 10:22 a.m. – ROCKVILLE DITCH – Latest word is that the water is in the ditch. However, it is not a full-stream yet. Residents can use what water is available during their assigned water turns. They will continue to work until they can a full-stream flow in the pipes.
If you are responsible for making sure valves are opened or closed, please resume your regular schedule to ensure water is getting where it needs to be.
UPDATE, May 22, 2023, 8:49 a.m. – Just to let everyone know that they are still working on flushing the system. It is important that everyone keep their valves closed so that the water has enough pressure to push the mud and sand out. An open valve will defeat the purpose of the flushing. Thanks for your cooperation.
UPDATE, May 20, 2023, 5:30 pm: In an effort to try and flush the whole system this evening, they are asking that everyone close their valves so that the water can run through the system to try and flush out all the mud and sand. Please do not try and use the water at this time until the whole system has been flushed.
UPDATE, May 18, 2023, 8:26 a.m. – Latest word is that the pipe was dug up yesterday and they will have a camera put into the pipe this morning to see if they can find the plug and make the necessary repairs.
In the meantime, the water is still available on the Hall and Grafton side.
UPDATE, May 16, 2023, 12:04 pm: Latest word…The water for the Rockville Ditch has been turned off. There will be work commencing at 8:00 a.m. in the morning to try and dig up the pipeline to try and find and dispense of the “plug” once and for all. Please be patient … they are doing the best they can under the circumstances.
They will try to keep the Hall and Grafton ditch running if they can during this endeavor.
UPDATE, May 16, 2023, 9:43 a.m. – Rockville Ditch users, please note that there is not any water in the ditch this morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.
UPDATE, 5/15/23, 12:24 pm: Just received word that the water has been put back into the ditches. Hall & Grafton has a full ditch, but, unfortunately, the Rockville Ditch is not a full ditch as the removal of the plug in the pipe was not successful. The plan is to continue to get the pipe unplugged once the truck is able to return to Rockville.
UPDATE 5/15/2023, 10:00 a.m.: Official word this morning is that the water has been turned off in both ditches. They have hired a company to come and unplug the sand from the irrigation pipe. They are working on it now. We are hoping to have some better news later this afternoon.
With warmer temperatures expected in the coming days, the impact of flooding could be significant. Consider areas on your property that may benefit from sandbags.
As a courtesy, the Town of Rockville will provide sand and bags for community members to fill and use as necessary.
The bags can be picked up from the Town Office and the sand is located in front of the Rockville Cemetery.
If you should need bags after closing hours. You can contact Vicki at (435) 313-5571 or Jeff at (435) 680-1098.
Public Notice — March 2023
Hoary Cress (Whitetop) Notice
Washington County Community Members:
Hoary Cress, commonly called Whitetop, is a class III noxious weed in the state of Utah and requires containment. We wanted to bring it to your attention that it has been found in communities throughout Washington County. We are requesting your assistance in controlling this weed. This is a perennial weed that is very invasive as it spreads through seed and creeping rootstocks called rhizomes. Hand pulling, digging, tilling, and mowing/cutting are not suggested as alternative treatments for Hoary Cress due to its spreading characteristics. Below you will find photos to help you identify Hoary Cress as well as chemical options to treat it:
1. Photos (shown in stages of growth):
2. Chemical Management
- Herbicide treatment should take place in spring when plants are actively growing, preferably at the full flowering stage of growth.
- Herbicide treatments can be made with:
- Glyphosate—Non-selective herbicide (will kill anything actively growing, including grasses).
- 2,4-D—Selective herbicide. Kills broadleaf plants but not grasses, if used.
- Metsulfuron Methyl (Escort XP or Telar XP)—Selective herbicide. Kills broadleaf plants, but not grasses, if used properly. Washington County Weed Control’s preferred choice of herbicide for spraying Hoary Cress and can be combined with 2,4-D.
- There are various other herbicides that can be used to treat Hoary Cress but are not utilized by the Washington County Weeds Department.
- Read chosen herbicide label for application rates. Some herbicide labels have specific instructions for Hoary
- A surfactant is recommended to be added to the herbicide spray mixture.
- After herbicide application, allow the area treated to sit undisturbed for a minimum of two
- All legal responsibility for herbicide application is the responsibility of the applicator. If you apply an herbicide, make sure you are not violating any laws and/or restriction specified on the label. If you have any questions regarding treatment of noxious weeds, please contact your local county noxious weeds department (contact info is listed on page 2) or The Utah State University Extension office.
3. Additional Information:
Complete control is not expected in one year’s time. For control/eradication of an infestation, it may take years of consecutive monitoring and treatments. In general, you should see a decrease of Hoary Cress every year of treatment and over time you might accomplish your goal of removal.
Thank you for your efforts in helping us manage Hoary Cress around Washington County. Additional noxious weeds will be popping up due to the additional moisture we have received this winter. See our website for more information on noxious weeds: https://www.washco.utah.gov/departments/noxious- weed-control/
County Noxious Weeds Supervisor 111 East Tabernacle St.
St. George, UT 84770 Phone: (435) 634-5702
Utah State University Extension – Washington County 339 South 5500 West
Hurricane, UT 84737
Office: (435) 634-5706
Here is the latest update on the Harmful Cyanobacteria Bloom Recreation Advisories for May 2023 Sampling:
Our tremendous winter has brought in scouring high runoff reducing benthic cyanobacteria loads in the major Virgin River tributaries of the park. As a result, Zion National Park will be downgrading the recreational health advisory to Health Watch for all waterbodies in the park. This change will take effect at 5 pm today when the Utah DEQ and Zion National Park websites below will be updated. Signs at major trailhead will be switched over in the next few days. Potential toxin-producing cyanobacteria is still present in some tributaries which are spring-fed and have low elevation watersheds, therefore visitors still need to remain vigilant for cyanobacteria when recreating in the park.
Zion NP HCB Recreational Advisories:
North Fork of the Virgin River and flowing tributaries – Health Watch – avoid primary contact recreation
North Creek and flowing tributaries – Health Watch – avoid primary contact recreation
La Verkin Creek and flowing tributaries – Health Watch – avoid primary contact recreation
Robyn L. Henderek
Resource Management and Research Division
Zion National Park / Cedar Breaks National Monument / Pipe Spring National Monument
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 email@example.com 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.