The Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), the 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 (JLAs), are preparing National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation, in accordance with 36 CFR 1500-1508, for the proposed temporary use in North Utah County of water made available under Block Notice 7A-2 (Project).
Block Notice 7A-2
30,000 AF of CUP water from Strawberry Reservoir was evaluated in the ULS EIS to be used in the JVWCD and Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake and Sandy (MWDSLS) service areas. Under previous Block Notice 7A-1, 8,000 AF of the 30,000 AF was returned to Interior under the authority of section 207 of CUPCA for use in the Provo River for instream flows in support of the threatened June sucker. The remaining 22,000 AF was issued under Block Notice 7A-2 on October 1, 2020. Of that amount, 16,400 AF is allotted to JVWCD and 5,600 AF to MWDSLS. The ULS EIS states that the raw M&I water for Salt Lake County would be delivered through the enclosed Provo River Aqueduct and the Jordan Aqueduct. Subsequent NEPA documents tiered to the ULS EIS (e.g., Realignment of a Portion of the Utah Lake Drainage Basin Water Delivery System EA (2010) and the ULS Orem Reach 2 Realignment EA (2015)) described, analyzed, and approved the Spanish Fork-Provo Reservoir Canal pipeline (SFPRCP) connection to the Alpine Aqueduct Reach 1 near the mouth of Provo Canyon. The issuance of Block Notice 7A-2 initiated repayment for the water development costs to the United States. CUWCD accepted Block Notice 7A-2 and, under the authority of section 210 of CUPCA, fully prepaid Block Notice 7A-2 on October 28, 2020. Under provisions of their respective ULS water sales contracts, JVWCD has formally requested from CUWCD a 10-year deferment on their use and associated payment of all their interest in Block Notice 7A-2 water. MWDSLS has requested delivery of 3,100 AF of their portion of Block Notice 7A-2 water and requested to defer the remaining portion of their contracted amount of ULS water.
During the 10-year deferment period, CUWCD proposes to temporarily use up to 18,900 AF to meet the M&I needs of existing customers in North Utah County, as a supply of water for Pilot Testing for Managed Aquifer Recharge in North Utah County, and potential use as instream flow in the Provo River.Scoping Document
The JLAs are soliciting comments from the public and agencies regarding the proposed use of Block Notice 7A-2 water. Comments must be submitted by Friday, February 12, 2021 and may be submitted by mail, email, or on the project website.