Lake Powell Pipeline - Hold on to your hats!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC

Update - I wrote a more indepth blog on my website this morning after having received several emails. There are links to the main participants as well.

Real Estate and The Lake Powell Pipeline Part 1

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What will it mean for the housing industry if the proposed 120 mile pipeline to carry water from Lake Powell to Saint George, Utah gets built?

I asked myself this today as I was driving around Big Water, looking at Lake Powell and decided to stop in at our town hall. Posted on the desk was a notice of an upcoming meeting on the pipeline. Yes, posted on the desk. We don't have what you would call a newspaper for Big Water, Utah. There is a once a week paper in Page, Arizona called the Lake Powell Chronicle,  but their coverage of Big Water can be spotty as it is 17 miles away and in a different state. The other paper, The Southern Utah News, is based in Kanab, 60 miles away, and  yes, their coverage of Big Water is also spotty.

So as I stood there at the desk in town hall reading the missive from the Utah Department of Natural Resources about the upcoming Town Hall meeting, many things were going through my mind.

  • What effect on Big Water and Kane County will the building of a 120 mile pipeline, 66 inches in diameter have?
  • Will it create any long term jobs?
  • How much uproar is going to be in the media over the pipeline?
  • Kane County would see a water allotment out of the pipeline, but would Eastern Kane County - Big Water to Paria, benefit at all?
  • On a broader scope, does Saint George need the water?
  • The effect on the growth of Saint George would appear to be phenomenal.

This is the beginning of the thoughts and questions and the first in what promises to be a series of blogs on the pipeline.

Meeting Information: 

Who: Utah Department of Natural Resources.

Date: April 3, 2008 

Time 6:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (not Arizona Time)

Place: Big Water Town Hall, Big Water, Utah

Between March 31 and April 3 there will be meetings also in Kanab, Apple Valley, and Hurricane, Utah. 

I'll post an update after the Big Water April 3rd meeting.

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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Heather thanks for the info!  We are also watching this in Cedar City, it is supposed to come up here as well with a 6 inch line.  The one question about the need of the water, from what we have been told by the State Water Dept is that we are at a use it or lose point.  Southern Nevada and Southern California both are claiming that we haven't used our allocation of Lake Powell water so they want it.  In my mind, without more information, that is the only real "pro" position in the project.  Thanks for the meeting information, I will have to see what information I can gather from those meetings to see if there is enough reason to support it.  The cost is going to astronomical!  I only hope the benefit, (if it goes through) is worth the cost!
Mar 22, 2008 01:37 AM #1
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Heather Rankin
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It goes without saying that water law is a pretty complex thing out west. I've studied it for years and even taught a bit. With the State Trust Lands owning roughly 55,000 acres of Eastern Kane County water is a huge issue as far as future development. 

I had heard about the pipeline to Cedar as well. It sounds as if to get into Sand Hollow reservoir, the water has to be pumped up hill, then hopefully will generate power going back down hill to offset the cost of pumping it up hill.

Its amazing to consider from Sand Hollow just how UP hill Cedar is! 

Mar 22, 2008 01:49 AM #2
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Heather - will this pipeline affect the water level of Lake Powell? I am sure the cost will be astronomical.
Mar 22, 2008 11:12 AM #3
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Yes, there is no way that it will not affect the water level. You know back in 96, 97 all the way to 2001 the lake was FULL, and I mean FULL, every year. Then the drought cycle started. All the doom and gloom predictions I just don't think are accurate. Flood and drought cycles are normal and I'm not sure this one is tied to global warming. It was due, it was time.

In the late 1300's to the mid 1400's there was a huge drought on the Colorado Plateau. It ended up being a 40 year drought cycle. 

Maybe I am optimistic, but I see the time when Lake Powell will indeed be fuller if not reach what is considered full again. This has been a longer drought than the last one, by 2 years, so it may take more time. *Jumps off soap box*

Where I feel short of understanding right now is ~ how much water are we talking here per water year? The cost? The benefits? Who approves this? 

Mar 22, 2008 12:20 PM #4
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