On December 1, 2015, the State of Utah is expected to formally submit their application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the Lake Powell Pipeline. The Pipeline would take out 90,000 acre feet of water out of the Colorado River near Lake Powell and send it to Southwest Utah to meet supposed need for additional water because of population growth in the area.
This is a very disappointing and unnecessary step. The Lake Powell Pipeline project is an unnecessary and grotesquely expensive waste of taxpayer money. Southwest Utah has hundreds of alternatives for addressing their future water problems, but the Lake Powell Pipeline is not one of those alternatives. The justification for the project is based on fictitious and bloated water consumption figures that even the experts at the Utah Legislature dispute.
The Lake Powell Pipeline proposal should be immediately withdrawn. If not, FERC should kill the project.