EnviroNews: Update: Lake Powell Pipeline

By Amy Brunvand

The Utah Division of Water Resources has withdrawn an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Lake Powell Pipeline, a multi-billion dollar project to suck water from the Colorado River system and send it to Saint George, Utah.

The FERC permit was for hydroelectric power generation which was supposed to offset the ultra-high cost of LPP water. The pipeline is not dead since Utah water officials are still applying for water development permits from the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Utah Rivers Council says, “The Lake Powell Pipeline is the largest new diversion proposed in the entire Colorado River Basin and ignores the last two decades of climate change science which demonstrates that flows of the river are declining under warmer temperatures.”


This is an excerpt from our November EnviroNews column. View the full article here.

This article was originally published on November 6, 2019.