It has been awhile since the last time we addressed the Lake Powell Pipeline issue. Things have heated up again in the last week or so not only with the pipeline but with a Utah/Nevada 50-50 split over Snake River Water.
A hot topic in Saint George, Utah, we hear very little about it in the Page Lake Powell area. Granted, it will create jobs, but what are the long term effects. Utah does not use their legal allotment of water from the Colorado River and this provides them a way to do so. Like Phoenix, however, is it good to see the kind of growth that may occur in the St. George, Southern Utah, area if the pipeline is approved??
- Monday, January 5, 2010 ~ a standing room only crowed turned out at Dixie State College River Road campus lecture hall for a discussion between Washington County Conservancy District and The Citizens for Dixie’s Future. While the Conservancy District feels the project is necessary, opponents state it is too costly and conservation should be the key.
- Washington County Conservancy District Spokesman, Cory Cram, indicated that the preliminary pipeline studies are about done, and they expect to soon being the environmental impact studies.
- The Lake Powell Pipeline project could be operational by 2020 if all goes without a hitch.
- Main citizens concerns appear to be the cost which has dramatically increased since the projects inception in 1997.
On the issue of the Snake River
- Concerns over a water sharing agreement between Nevada and Utah with the Snake River Water have put the deal on hold. While the agreement looked ready to go on Wednesday, concerns of a Salt Lake County council member and of the Salt Lake Mayor have now been give more consideration. Part of what is being questioned is Nevada’s statement they may not try to pump the water until as late as 2050. Governor Herbert is still expected to sign the agreement.