Here’s where we’ve been and what we’ve accomplished together this year:
- Jan – 1,200 public comments received during scoping for the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP).
- Mar-Apr – COVID-19 devastates communities, preventing gatherings and limiting participation in public processes like NEPA.
- Sep – Over 14,000 public comments received on the LPP draft Environmental Impact Statement. WOW!
- Sep – Six states, all of the other parties to the Colorado River Compact, request that the draft EIS process be slowed. They note the project would violate the Colorado River Compact. In response to this pressure the state of Utah and Washington County Water Conservancy District ask the Department of Interior to extend the timeline, even though they were trying to expedite the LPP review. Read Here.
We have made progress towards stopping the Lake Powell Pipeline which came directly from your support, your fierce advocacy, and your love of place. Thank you!
Start a conversation with your elected officials about the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline!
Americans want information we can trust on issues that affect our daily lives, including projects like the Lake Powell Pipeline. This election season, we want to support you in talking to your elected officials on all levels. Write an email asking the questions that you need answered. Seek understandable and trustworthy information. In the spirit of curiosity and respect, begin a conversation and cultivate a relationship with your elected officials at this critical time. They need to know what your concerns are if they are to faithfully represent their communities.
Tips for writing elected officials:
- Look for common ground, state some aspects of the issue that you can agree on; i.e., “Like you, I am concerned about spending tax dollars wisely.”
- Share opinions that are backed up with facts. Offer a calm message.
- Keep your message clear and to the point. Brevity is best.
- Demonstrate that you have some knowledge about their leadership. “Thank you for your hard work in supporting the Recreation, Arts and Parks (RAP) tax.” “I am sure you don’t like raising expenses for citizens and that is why I was impressed when you supported a rational increase in the water rate structure in St. George.”
- Ask questions rather than just share your opinion. Express your interest in learning and understanding more about his/her position on the Lake Powell Pipeline and let them know that you look forward to a response.
- Remember that your objective is for the elected official to learn who you are and to begin a conversation.
Conserve Southwest Utah aims to facilitate meaningful dialogue about public lands, air, water, and smart growth issues that affect Washington County residents. Please let us know what kind of responses you receive and how they resonate with you. Email us at email@example.com.