The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBOR) and State of Utah are initiating negotiations for a water exchange contract, which proposes exchanging the state’s assigned Green River water right for the use of Colorado River Storage Project water released from Flaming Gorge Dam. The negotiation meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Dixie Convention Center, located at 1835 South Convention Center Drive in St. George.
According to a press release from USBOR, the exchange will provide Utah with a reliable and certain water supply, while assisting the bureau in meeting its legal obligations. It will enable part of the state’s Colorado River apportionment to flow from Flaming Gorge Dam to Lake Powell for diversion into Utah’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline.
The negotiation meeting is open to the public. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions and offer comments pertaining to the exchange during an open house period immediately prior to formal negotiations and during a comment period following the negotiation session.
The proposed exchange contract and other pertinent documents will be available at the negotiation meeting or can be obtained on the bureau’s website at www.usbr.gov/uc/provo/index.html, under “News and Highlights.”