Together, We Can Defeat the Northern Corridor Highway!
Steps you can take to Stop the Northern Corridor Highway:
- Comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) on June 12, 2020. Your voice is needed! Tell the BLM how you will be impacted by the Northern Corridor Highway during the 90-day public comment period. (See a timeline at the bottom of this page). The draft EIS will study transportation alternatives to the Northern Corridor Highway. You can write a short comment supporting an alternative outside the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and National Conservation Area and away from peaceful neighborhoods. Conserve Southwest Utah will share comment writing tips on this web page after the draft EIS is released on June 12th. Please be patient as we analyze this lengthy technical document and share the most important parts with you. We will post the resources you need to write an effective comment by July 1, 2020.
- Sign up for CSU email alerts to receive project updates, comment writing tips, public meeting notices, and comment deadlines. If you are not receiving the email alerts and would like to sign up, please click here.
- Sign the Green Springs, Brio, Warm Springs and Middleton petition against the Northern Corridor Highway if you’re a resident of one of these communities. We’re asking elected officials to support less damaging transportation alternatives and to listen to the stories of homeowners who would be devastated by this project. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to request your copy of the petition.
- Write letters to the editor and opinion editorials expressing your opposition to the Northern Corridor Highway. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page 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 Northern Corridor Highway. If so, ask if you can share their name and email with CSU. We will get them on our email list and keep them informed of how they can take action. Please fill out the form at the bottom of the page to add their emails.
Don’t forget, the critical public comment period for the Northern Corridor Highway starts on June 12, 2020.
COMMENT WRITING GUIDANCE (Please stay tuned. We will share guidance for writing a substantive comment right here after analyzing the Draft EIS.)
Read the Draft EIS today on the BLM WEBSITE.
Please click here for background on the LANDS AT STAKE.
To learn more about the proposed Northern Corridor and what’s at stake, please click here for BACKGROUND.
Timeline for the Northern Corridor Highway
June 12, 2020 – The Bureau of Land Management releases the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Northern Corridor Highway and the 90-day comment period opens. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service releases the draft Habitat Conservation Plan for public comment during the same window.
July 1, 2020 – CSU’s team of experts will publish on the CSU website an analysis of the draft EIS to assist the public in responding with effective comments.
Sept 12, 2020 – Draft EIS Comment Period closes.
Late Fall 2020 – Final EIS is published in the Federal Register.
Winter 2020 – The Governor’s Consistency Review and Protest Period begins with a 30-day time frame for anyone to formally protest the Final EIS and up to 60 days for the Governor to review the Final EIS and identify any areas of inconsistency with state laws and regulations
January 2021 – Department of the Interior issues the Record of Decision on whether to grant the right of way for the Northern Corridor Highway.
Conserve Southwest Utah Position on the Northern Corridor Highway
- The highway does not honor prior promises to protect the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve and the threatened Mojave desert tortoise.
- The highway damages the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and sets a dangerous precedent for all of America’s National Conservation Lands.
- There are more effective, less expensive transportation solutions that can reduce future traffic congestion without sacrificing Red Cliffs.
- Damage caused by the highway can’t be mitigated by Zone 6.
- The highway undermines the spectacular quality of life we enjoy in Washington County.