This Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) has been prepared to analyze storage of up to 11,700 acre-feet (AF) of non-project water (for definition of non-project water see Section 1.3) from three sources that flow into Jordanelle Reservoir located in Wasatch County, Utah north of Heber City (see Figure 1-1 – Project Study Area). The Joint Lead Agencies for this project 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 (Reclamation), the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (Mitigation Commission), the Provo Reservoir Water Users Company (PRWUC), 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.
This Draft EA has 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 (CUPCA), as amended; the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ’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 Draft 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 have released this Draft Environmental Assessment (January 2017) for agency and public review. A 30-day comment and review period extends through February 10, 2017. Comments regarding the Draft EA or the project in general can be submitted online at the project website, by emailing at chrisE@cuwcd.com, or by sending them directly to CUWCD at 355 West University Parkway, Orem UT 84058. All comments must be submitted by February 10, 2017.
The Draft EA is now available for download.
The Environmental Assessment is now available for download.