Unnecessary, Costly & Risky
The Lake Powell Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been Released for Comment
It’s the time! Time for all Washington County residents and all Utahns to engage in the 90-day public comment period for the Lake Powell Pipeline Environmental Impact Statement (draft EIS). The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) released the draft EIS making it available for public comment.
We ask that you wait on making comments until you receive our guidance which will help you to make effective comments more quickly and easily. We will provide guidance in plenty of time before the September 8, 2020 deadline. Comments just opposing the project without justification would not be considered.
The CSU team is busy analyzing the draft EIS, which is a lengthy and technical document, so it will take some time to have solid recommendations for you. We expect to have guidance published on the website by the end of June. In the meantime, we will be sending bulletins with updates. If you are not receiving the CSU bulletins but would like to, please fill out the form at the bottom of the page.
This massive multi-billion-dollar project will burden Washington County residents and all Utahns. We—and our children and grandchildren—will all end up paying the costs of this unnecessary, risky pipedream.
Make no mistake, citizen comments are very important.
Without an up welling of public opposition, it is likely that the Lake Powell Pipeline will cruise through the approval process.
Comments on the Lake Powel Pipeline draft EIS may be the last, best opportunity for formal public comment. Virtual public meetings planned for July will not replace the importance of written comments.
We have been working for 14 years to stop the Lake Powell Pipeline. Now is the time to bring this project to an end.
Comments may be submitted by mail, email, and fax to:
Bureau of Reclamation, Provo Area Office
302 East Lakeview Parkway
Provo, Utah 84606
RE: Lake Powell Pipeline draft EIS
What can you do in the meantime?
- Contact elected officials and candidates to let them know you are concerned about the need, cost, and risk of the Lake Powell Pipeline. Remember, it is the election season! See below CSU’s Position on the Lake Powell Pipeline. It is a reliable resource for familiarizing yourself with the issues surrounding the Lake Powell Pipeline. Here is a link to: Find your legislator.
- Submit letters to the editor and opinion editorials expressing your opposition to the Lake Powell Pipeline. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to reach us if you need help with suggestions for publications or content.
- Reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues to find out if they are opposed to the Lake Powell Pipeline. If so, ask if you can share their names and email addresses with CSU. We will add them to our email list and keep them informed on how they can take action. Please use the form at the bottom of the page to share contacts with us.
- Expect that at some point, the Utah Legislature may propose a bill to approve the financing and construction of the Lake Powell Pipeline as a state project. We will let you know when a bill is introduced. Please plan on being active during the legislative session and communicating with your legislator about your position on the Lake Powell Pipeline.
Timeline for the Lake Powell Pipeline
June 8, 2020 – The Bureau of Reclamation(BOR) released the draft Environmental Impact Statement. A 90-day comment period began and ends on September 8, 2020.
Late June 2020 – CSU’s team publishes an analysis of the draft EIS to help with effective comments.
July 8, 2020, July 9, 2020 BOR Lake Powell Pipeline virtual meetings 6 p.m. Register
July 20, 2020 at 6 pm, CSU virtual workshop on “How to Comment.” Register.
September 8, 2020 – Draft EIS Comment Period closes.
January 2021 – Bureau of Reclamation issues Record of Decision (ROD).
January 19, 2021 – Utah Legislature convenes; may introduce Lake Powell Pipeline funding bill committing billions of dollars to build the Lake Powell Pipeline; to be repaid by Washington County residents.
CSU Opposes Approval of the LPP
LPP is Unnecessary
- Washington County uses considerably more water per capita than other similar desert communities due to subsidized water rates and ineffective conservation practices.
- Water usage could be significantly reduced by implementing common conservation practices such as tiered water rates, water budgeting, and building codes that support significant water conservation.
- The WCWCD’s projected 100,000 acre-feet of water from local sources is enough to support projected growth if used at reasonable rates.
- Additional local supply through agricultural conversion, reuse and other local supplies could be tapped.
- A comprehensive and integrated Local Water Management program is needed to balance demand and supply.
LPP is Too Costly
- The LPP is simply too expensive for a risky, unnecessary public project.
- When including all costs – initial construction, financing and interest, and maintenance and operation – the LPP would be a multi-billion-dollar project.
- The LPP would be one of the state’s most expensive projects, stressing the state’s bonding capacity.
- Increased water usage fees, property taxes, surcharges, and impact fees would place too high a burden on water users and taxpayers.
- The LPP would consume resources and debt capacity needed to meet higher priority needs such as education, transportation, and water conservation. Local and state authorities are already struggling to meet these needs.
- Water management/conservation efforts would cost less than the LPP and could be implemented incrementally. Conservation would place a lighter burden on water users and taxpayers in Washington County.
- The LPP proposal gives a false sense of water security, postponing conservation efforts and increasing their cost and impacts.
LPP’s water right is too risky
- The flow of the Colorado River was over-allocated in the Colorado River Compact of 1922.
- Colorado river flows have declined, and more declines are projected, making today’s over allocation even worse.
- The amount of Colorado River water Utah will be allowed to use will almost certainly be reduced in future negotiations.
- Utah water rights senior to the LPP water right will probably use all available water. The LPP water right is very insecure.
The Conserve Southwest Utah Position Statement on the Lake Powell Pipeline is supported by extensive research conducted by our team. The Rationale is 36 pages with a detailed Table of Contents. Select then click on the item of your interest in the Table of Contents. Click Here