Project Updates

Cost Estimate
The Division of Water Resources' current cost estimate (June 2008) for the entire project is $1.064 billion. This includes construction, materials, engineering, land and right-of-way acquisition and agency fees. The following documents include the press release, summary table and a map showing the project segments

linkPress Release
linkCost Summary Table
linkProject Segment Map

Water Use and Needs in Southwest Utah
A Water Needs Assessment was completed in July 2008 which covers current water supply and use as well as projections of both for the area to be served by the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline

Water Needs Assessment

Federal Licensing Permitting & Environmental Compliance
On March 3, 2008, the Division of Water Resources filed a Preliminary Application Document (PAD) and Notice of Intent with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin the federal licensing, permitting and environmental compliance processes for the Lake Powell Pipeline. Although FERC will only license the hydropower portions of the project, it will work with all the involved federal agencies to create an environmental impact statement that meets all of their needs

Download PAD Volume's I and II (zip file)

Scoping Document 1 (pdf)
Scoping Document 2 (pdf)

Further information about FERC documents and actions on the Lake Powell Pipeline can be accessed by searching on Lake Powell Pipeline in FERC's e-library at: www.ferc.gov

The pre-application part of the process is expected to be finished mid 2012. At that point the license application will be filed and the EIS will be started. That process is expected to last through 2014

Updated Information about the FERC schedule and the status of the resource studies is found in the following slide slows presented in November 2009

FERC ILP Schedule Update
Environmant Studies Update

Meetings
Initial Study Plan Report meetings. Two meeting were held on March 22nd and 23rd to present the findings of the environmental and cultural resources studies that have been done over the past few years. The Initial Study Reports were submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory commission (FERC) on March 11, 2011 and are available on its website (see instructions below).


Revised Study Plan Report meetings. Two meetings will be held to present the draft Ethnographic Resources Study Report and present 4 modified draft reports. The Air Quality, Noise , Sociorconomics and Water Resource Economics, and Visual Resources study reports were modified to include natural gas as an alternative to electricity.

The meetings will be:
St. George

February 7, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lexington Hotel & Conference Center
Sabra Room
850 South Bluff Street
St. George, Utah
Salt Lake City
February 8, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Utah State Deaf and Blind Center
Suite B
259 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, Utah

To access the study reports on FERC's website, please go to: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp

From there, click on eLibrary Alternate Site at the bottom of the Search Options List. A new window will open which will allow you to enter two things:
    1. At the top of the page, a Date Range that includes 1/01/2012 through the current date or you can click one of the periods that includes these dates, and
    2. About halfway down the page, a Docket Number, which is P-12966
After entering that information, click Submit at the bottom of the page. A list of entries, will be displayed. Which will include links to all the study reports.
Preliminary Engineering & Environmental Studies
MWH Americas, Inc., a worldwide firm based in Colorado, is currently working on preliminary engineering and environmental studies for the Lake Powell Pipeline. 

The studies include an evaluation of the need for the project, preliminary hydraulic and hydroelectric engineering, determining optimal location, sizing and configuration of the project, right-of-way evaluation, and engineering economics to assist the Division of Water Resources in sizing and siting project facilities.