A Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) have been prepared to analyze storage of up to 11,700 acre-feet of non-project water. A PDF of the Final EA and FONSI are found on this webpage and can be downloaded.
Non-project water, as defined in the Final EA, is a water supply that has not been acquired by the U.S. Department of the Interior to be used for the Central Utah Project or some other federal water development project. For the Proposed Project, the non-project water is from three sources, the Ontario Drain Tunnel, Upper Lakes Holdover, and Daniel Replacement; no other water sources are being considered at this time for storage in Jordanelle Reservoir under a Warren Act contract.
The Joint Lead Agencies are the U.S. Department of the Interior, Central Utah Project Completion Act Office (CUPCA Office) and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD). The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, the Provo Reservoir Water Users Company, and the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District (JVWCD) are Cooperating Agencies as defined by 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §1501.6. The JVWCD is the majority shareholder in the PRWUC.
The Final EA and FONSI have been prepared pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended; Public Law (PL) 102-575, Central Utah Project Completion Act of 1992, as amended; the Council on Environmental Quality’s implementing regulations under NEPA (40 CFR §1500 through §1508); and the U.S. Department of the Interior NEPA Implementing Procedures (43 CFR §46). The Final EA evaluates potential impacts to the environment associated with implementation of the Proposed Action Alternative, as well as providing an analysis of the No-Action Alternative for comparison purposes.
The Joint Lead Agencies find that the Proposed Action analyzed in the Final EA for this project would not significantly affect the quality of the natural or human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement is not required for the proposed Storage of Non-Project Water in Jordanelle Reservoir.
The Final EA and FONSI is available for download.