Draft EA Available for Review

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District (District), the U. S. Department of the Interior, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office (Interior), and the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (Mitigation Commission), as Joint Lead Agencies, have prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the WCWEP OM&R. The Draft EA presents the impacts of the proposed WCWEP OM&R project.

A copy of the Draft EA may be viewed here:

Copies are also available for review at: 

· Districts Orem Office – 355 West University Parkway, Orem
· Districts WCWEP Office – 626 East 1200 South, Heber
· Interior office – 302 East 1860 South, Provo
· Mitigation Commission Office – 230 South 500 East #230, Salt Lake City

Comments may be submitted by email to Sarah Johnson at sarah@cuwcd.com or directly mailed to Sarah Johnson, Central Utah Water Conservancy District, 355 West University Parkway, Orem, UT 84058. 

Comments must be received by Friday, January 31, 2014.

 

Introduction

The Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (Mitigation Commission), and the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior), as Joint Lead Agencies, propose to perform additional Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement (OM&R) activities on the Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project (WCWEP) water delivery system. These activities include: stabilizing canal banks; lining, enclosing, or piping the canals for safety and continued efficiency; improving access; and updating pump stations and regulating ponds to accommodate the changing pattern of water demand.

The Joint Lead Agencies have initiated the preparation of an Environmental Assessment (EA), tiering from the Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project and Daniel Replacement Project Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), to analyze and describe the environmental impacts of the Proposed Action.

The EA is required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations implementing NEPA to determine whether the Proposed Action would have significant impacts to the human environment. The EA will analyze the impacts of a No Action Alterative and other reasonable alternatives determined through the scoping process to be appropriate for consideration and analysis. During the EA process if impacts are determined to be significant, an EIS would be required prior to proceeding with project implementation.




Following a 30-day scoping period, the Joint Lead Agencies will review all comments received and will take those comments, and other pertinent information, into consideration in preparing a draft EA. A draft EA will be made available to the public for a 30-day review and comment period. All comments received on the draft EA will be considered in preparing the final EA. If the final EA shows no significant impacts, then a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will be issued by the Joint Lead Agencies and distributed along with the final EA to the interested public. During the EA process, if it is determined that there may be significant impacts to the human environment, preparation of an EIS would be necessary prior to project implementation.


This project is a joint effort between the following agencies:



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