The LPP is a water project that will transport water to 13 southern Utah communities and generate electricity.
“This is a major milestone toward meeting southern Utah’s need to diversify its water supply and develop additional resources to meet anticipated demand,” said Eric Millis, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources. “Permitting a water project is a lengthy process and this is a significant step.”
After the Ready for Environmental Analysis notice, federal and state agencies provide recommendations, terms, and conditions on the hydropower license application. Interventions, public comments, recommendations, and terms and conditions are due within 60 days of the notice. Responses to submitted comments are due 105 days from issuance of the notice. Citizens can comment online. The project number is 12966.
The proposed Lake Powell Pipeline includes a water intake system at Lake Powell, 140 miles of underground pipeline, five pump stations to transport water through the pipe, and six hydroelectric facilities that will supply some of the energy to power the pump stations.
Following the Ready for Environmental Analysis announcement, an Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.
More information about the Lake Powell Pipeline is available at lpputah.org.