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Public comment for Lake Powell Pipeline open, again, until September

Scenic Lake Powell - Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  NPS Photo.jpg
Comments, questions and concerns are now being accepted, again, for the Lake Powell Pipeline. (Photo: NPS)

Comments, questions and concerns are now being accepted, again, for the Lake Powell Pipeline.

This comes after the Bureau of Reclamation issued the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline, which is designed to pump water to Washington County.

The proposed 140-mile underground pipeline is estimated to cost between $1 billion to $1.7 billion to be repaid over 50 years. It will deliver up to 86,249 acre feet of water annually, according to the Utah Division of Water Resources.

“We appreciate the amount of work that has gone into this exhaustive review of the Lake Powell Pipeline,” Todd Adams, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources, stated in a press release.

This is a major step forward for this project that’s so important to our state. We encourage the public to review the studies and learn more.

Many critics have said that the project is an unnecessary use of funds and could significantly increase costs.

“This $3 billion boondoggle is being presented by lobbyists as a gift to Washington County, but it’s really a burden that comes with 500% increase in water rates since cheaper water sources are being ignored by a corrupt state agency that wants taxpayer funding” Zach Frankel, Executive Director of the Utah Rivers Council, stated in a press release.

The council reports several economic studies have found the pipeline would increase water rates for Washington County by 400 to 520%. The county has one of the cheapest water rates in the country, but is among the highest per person urban water users.

Kane County Water Conservancy District pulled out of a pipeline project in April after further reviewing the county's projected population and available water.

More than 1,100 public comments were submitted for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline back by January of this year, before the EIS draft was finalized.

Public comment about the project will be accepted now until Sept. 8.