Lake Powell Pipeline ready for environmental analysisThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has determined that the hydropower license application for the Lake Powell Pipeline project is ready for environmental analysis.

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

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  1. What parties own the land between Powell and Washington County? I’ll bet politicians have their hands out for land use rights. Why do I say this? Who owns the land around the new airport? Good old boys know well in advance how things are going to play out.

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