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The Administrative Record for the Lake Powell Pipeline Project

September 23, 2019
by John Weisheit

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THE ADMINISTRATION RECORD OF THE LAKE POWELL PIPELINE

What we now know as a proposed river diversion called the Lake Powell Pipeline Project (LPP or LPPP), was first conceived in the early 1960s as the Dixie Project, and during the proceedings in the USA House and Senate for the eventual authorization of the 1968 Colorado River Basin Storage Project Act. It was then a federal project for the Lower Division of the Colorado River Basin, of which Washington County, Utah belongs. The original funding for construction of the Dixie Project was federal taxpayer dollars. Reforms in the 1980s basically ended the "Reclamation Era" of dam construction. Today, the funding for this project has been and will be generated by the rate payers and taxpayers of Utah.

Without doubt, the LPP is a project that can only provide a water delivery based entirely on paper promises. Putting actual wet water into a 2 billion dollar pipeline is a reality that hasn't existed since the 1968 authorization of the Central Arizona Project, which history has now proven to be the tipping point of ensuring basin instability.

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The Initial Study Documents

The sensitive material of the archeology report will not be made public. The ethnographic report is still pending.

These documents were submitted in accordance with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) by the Utah Division of Water Resources for the potential licensing of Lake Powell Hydroelectric Project No. 12966, otherwise known as the Lake Powell Pipeline. Originally the proposed project would deliver 100,000 acre-feet (annually) of Colorado River water from Lake Powell to Kanab, Washington and Iron counties. Recently, Iron County decided to drop out of project because of the exorbinante cost. The new projected depletion is 73,000 acre-feet. The project proposal also includes a component to generate electricity to defer a portion of the operating costs.

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Modified study reports issued in February of 2012

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TO BE CONTINUED

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