Lake Powell Pipeline Update
Bureau of Reclamation to Lead
Lake Powell Pipeline NEPA Process
The reassignment of the LPP to the Bureau of Reclamation will keep the project moving forward to deliver key Colorado River water supplies to southern Utah.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has notified the Utah Board of Water Resources (board) that it has assigned the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to lead the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance for the Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) project.

In September 2019, the board announced it eliminated two reservoirs proposed to generate hydropower at times of peak demand. As a result, the licensing requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission no longer applied to the project and the board withdrew the FERC license application. The board subsequently requested that the Department of the Interior appoint Reclamation as the lead federal agency for purposes of completing the NEPA review.

“The division looks forward to working with Reclamation on updating the timeline and cost estimate for the project and completing the Environmental Impact Statement,” said Eric Millis, director of the Utah Division of Water Resources.

The LPP is an approximately 140-mile pipeline that will diversify and enhance water resources for Utah’s fastest growing and driest region by using a small portion of the state’s available Colorado River water right . Visit for more information.

Salt Lake Chamber Shares Why They Support LPP
The Future Depends on Us
Utah Business recently published an article by the Salt Lake Chamber on the importance of infrastructure projects including the Lake Powell Pipeline. Following is an excerpt on the Chamber's support for the project:

As Utah’s largest and longest-standing business association, the Salt Lake Chamber has watched the state’s population and economy grow over the last few decades. Today, Utah is home to more than three million residents and more than 1.6 million jobs, supporting an economy that produces an excess of $165 billion dollars in gross domestic product every year. The state has consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best places to live, work, start a business, raise a family, retire, visit, and ski. 

But this didn’t just happen. For generations, Utah residents have planned and prepared for the state’s growing population and economy... It is the Chamber’s desire that Utah maintains its legacy as a great place to live, work, and recreate. For that reason, we publicly and proudly support the efforts of the many organizations that dedicate their time to planning and preparing for the next generation of Utah residents, many of whom will be our kids and grandkids. We all have an obligation to provide for the next generation as our forefathers have done for us. This requires investments in water infrastructure, transportation, educational facilities, and more.

Today, we have billions of dollars in projects on the books. The Lake Powell Pipeline... will ensure our growing population has water... As Utah residents, we need to consider these projects investments in our future because they are our future. And the future depends on us.

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