Lake Powell Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement
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Conserve Southwest Utah has reviewed the Lake Powell Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement and finds it to be inadequate and egregiously flawed. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) did not evaluate reasonable alternatives, did not adequately address public concerns raised in scoping, and did not include an objective analysis of the environmental and economic impacts the project will have on the residents of Washington County and the state of Utah. In the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) critical data was misinterpreted and is hard to understand. Some information is completely omitted. The DEIS needs to be corrected and revised with accurate and unbiased information. Conserve Southwest Utah (CSU) outlines 9 points listed below which are topics of concern with the DEIS.
Comments due: September 8, 2020 by 11:59 pm MDT
Bureau of Reclamation, Provo Area Office
302 East Lakeview Parkway
Provo, Utah 84606
RE: Lake Powell Pipeline DEIS
In a Separate Action please email a copy of your comment to the following address as we are tracking the number of comments submitted. Please do NOT cc CSU on your letter to the BOR.
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Instructions on Writing Your Comment Letter in as Little as 15 Minutes!
You will be moving back and forth between this website and an email you will create using these instructions.
- Open your email program and start a new email.
- On your email:
– Paste this email address: email@example.com into the “To:” line.
– In the “Subject line” type: Comment on the Lake Powell Pipeline Draft Environmental Impact Statement
– Begin the body of the email with Dear Bureau of Reclamation:
- Return to this Commenting Guidance webpage (i.e. the page where you found these instructions).
- Review the menu of the nine commenting topics listed below. Select one by clicking on the blue topic number.
- You can copy the entire Topic page or the specific bullet points on the page that are of interest to you.
- Return to your email and paste what you copied into the body of your email.
- Review all the information you have pasted into your email. Now delete unneeded/unwanted language, edit, rearrange, and add personal comments to create a comment in your own language. This is the step where you make the letter more individualized which improves the effectiveness of the letter with the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).
- Don’t feel like you have to add a second topic. Writing on one topic is acceptable and will make a difference.
- Close with your name and hit Send!
Tips on Writing Your Comment Letter:
- Be aware that any information you share is public record so you may choose not to include specific contact information like your physical address. All letters must be signed with your name and address: physical or email address, whatever you prefer to use.
- Stating just your opposition to the Lake Powell Pipeline will not be considered as a valid comment by the BOR. The objective is to point out how you are affected by the building of the LPP and the flaws in the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that you notice.
- If possible, tell a personal story on whatever issue you are commenting on. For example: “My husband and I have xeriscaped our residence. We are using secondary water for our drought-tolerant trees. We have assisted and advised our neighbors who are moving in the same direction. Grass lawns are disappearing or reduced in size in our neighborhood and there is increased interest in native vegetation. We can reduce water needs by conserving.”
Click on the blue, underlined topic number for detailed commenting guidance.
- Topic 1: BOR introduced an arbitrary new “requirement” that Washington County must have a “second source” of water and made this a critical “purpose and need” for the LPP. Water conservation alternatives were summarily rejected based on this assertion.
- Topic 2: BOR arbitrarily dropped consideration of a viable, reasonable water conservation alternative.
- Topic 3: BOR artificially inflated Washington County’s need for water.
- Topic 4: Under state law, all Utahns would be responsible for $2 billion or more of public debt if the LPP is constructed.
- Topic 5: The LPP water right violates the 1922 Colorado River Compact.
- Topic 6: Utah has already allocated water rights to more than 100% of the physical water within its Colorado River watershed, meaning senior (older) rights will likely prevent use of the LPP water right during current and future droughts.
- Topic 7: The quagga mussel infestation in Lake Powell would threaten the LPP and our local reservoirs, municipal infrastructure, businesses, and homes, and reduce our water quality.
- Topic 8: The LPP will inflict tremendous environmental damage. Federal lands are owned by all Americans and the BOR should look beyond economics to protect public lands for future generations.
- Topic 9: BOR uses a questionable technique called “benefits transfer” to justify the entire cost of the LPP.
The full list of Commenting Topics with the accompanying details for each topic is available if you choose to view the information in this format or print the document.Click Here
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