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Green River Block Environmental Assessment for a Federal Water Contract for Eastern Utah Counties

September 18, 2018
by John Weisheit

THE COMMENT PERIOD HAS CLOSED

COMMENT LETTERS

COMMENT PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO: November 2, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM RECLAMATION, as follows:

The Bureau of Reclamation has extended by two weeks the comment period on the draft Environmental Assessment for the Green River Block Water Exchange Contract. The document considers the possible impacts of the contract on the human and natural environment as required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
 
The water exchange contract, between Reclamation and the State of Utah, would facilitate the development of the Green River Block portion of the States Ultimate Phase water right. Releases from Flaming Gorge Dam could be altered to meet annual water demands under the exchange contract. However, operations of Flaming Gorge Dam would remain within the parameters analyzed in the 2005 Operation of Flaming Gorge Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement and established in the 2006 Record of Decision. The Green River Block water exchange contract is distinct and separate from the contract proposed for the Lake Powell Pipeline project.
 
Multiple resources were considered in the assessment, including the hydrology of the Green River, recreational opportunities, floodplains, fish and wildlife habitats, endangered species, among others. A draft version of the EA can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html.
 
Stakeholder input is essential to the environmental review process  members of the public are invited and encouraged to provide comment. Comments should be submitted by November 2, 2018 via mail (greenriverblock@usbr.gov) to Bureau of Reclamation, Attn: Jared Baxter, 302 E 1860 S, Provo, Utah 84606.

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ORIGINAL COMMENT PERIOD WAS: Octobe 19, 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM RECLAMATION, as follows:

Dear Interested Persons,

On September 26, 2018 the Bureau of Reclamation will hold a public meeting in Vernal, Utah to solicit comments regarding the environmental impacts of the Green River Block water exchange contract.  This contract, between Reclamation and the State of Utah, would facilitate the development of the Green River Block portion of the States Ultimate Phase water right. Releases from Flaming Gorge Dam could be altered to meet annual water demands under the exchange contract. However, operations of Flaming Gorge Dam would remain within the parameters analyzed in the 2005 Operations of Flaming Gorge Dam Final Environmental Impact Statement and established in the 2006 Record of Decision. The Green River Block water exchange contract is distinct and separate from the contract proposed for the Lake Powell Pipeline project.

Reclamation has developed an Environmental Assessment (EA) that considers the possible impacts of the contract on the human and natural environment. Multiple resources were considered in the assessment, including the hydrology of the Green River, recreational opportunities, floodplains, fish and wildlife habitats, endangered species, among others.  A draft version of the EA can be found at https://www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/index.html. (Internet Explorer may be best for viewing the document.)  The EA is also attached to this email for your convenience.

Stakeholder input is essential to the environmental review process  members of the public are invited and encouraged to provide comment.

COMMENTS CAN BE SUBMITTED BY EMAIL BY OCTOBER 19, 2018, to:

  • greenriverblock@usbr.gov by October 19, 2018
OR IN-PERSON AT THE PUBLIC MEETING, held on:
  • September 26, 2018
  • From 6-8pm
  • Vernal City Hall
  • 374 E Main St., Vernal, Utah 84078

Sincerely,
Bureau of Reclamation
Provo Area Office

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DOCUMENTS: EXCHANGE CONTRACTS FOR LAKE POWELL PIPELINE & GREEN RIVER BLOCK
2019 GREEN RIVER PUMPING PROJECT

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