In a recent Deseret News editoral, several local mayors and commissioners shared their vision and reason for supporting the Lake Powell Pipeline.
The piece was authored by
Jon Pike of St. George, Ken Neilson of Washington, John Bramall of Hurricane, Rick Rosenberg of Santa Clara, Chris Hart of Ivins, and Washington County commissioners Dean Cox, Victor Iverson and Gil Almquist. Following is an excerpt:
"Having a future reliable water supply includes the development of the Lake Powell Pipeline, an approximately 140-mile culinary water transmission line that will deliver more than 82,000 acre-feet of water to our communities. The project will more than double our current water supply and is essential to diversifying our existing water source and meeting the demands of a population projected to increase 229% by 2065.
Some, including special interest groups based outside of Washington County, claim the project isn’t necessary. We respect the differing opinions about this project, but we — your elected community leaders and neighbors — are concerned when outsiders attempt to dictate our community needs and determine how we should live. Our concern escalates when misinformation is presented as facts... Approximately four decades ago — before most of us lived here — the decision was made to build the Quail Creek Project, a water infrastructure system that includes a diversion dam, miles of pipeline and a reservoir. Water rights had to be secured. Environmental permits had to be issued. It took a lot of work. It took a lot of money. It took a lot of vision. Some people criticized the project, claiming they would never use a drop of water from it. Today, we all depend on that project. We would not be here without it. The same will be said of the Lake Powell Pipeline in the future."