Reclamation Releases Revised Draft SEIS for Near-Term Colorado River Operations

On October 25, 2023, the Bureau of Reclamation issued a Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (DSEIS) governing Colorado River operations through 2026, when the current operational guidelines expire.  The previous (April 2023) DSEIS was withdrawn in order for Reclamation to evaluate the improved hydrology and to analyze the Lower Division States alternative submitted in May 2023.   You can find …

Lake Powell

Scoping Report for Post-2026 Colorado River Operations

On October 19, 2023, the Bureau of Reclamation published a scoping report summarizing the comments received during the public scoping process on Post-2026 Operations of Lake Powell and Lake Mead and a proposed federal action, purpose and need and scope of the environmental analysis to be included in the draft environmental impact statement (DSEIS). The Scoping Report is available on the …

SCPP Reauthorized for 2024 by UCRC

The Upper Colorado Commission has voted to reauthorize the System Conservation Pilot Program for 2024 SCPP 2024 will narrow and focus the scope of eligible projects to those that enable exploration of Demand Management feasibility and/or projects that support innovation and local resiliency in water conservation. Lessons learned from SCPP 2023 will also be applied to the 2024 program, including …

Request for Proposals: Technical Consulting for Pilot Program

An engineering consulting firm is being sought through a competitive procurement process to provide management and technical consulting for the Authority’s Agricultural Resiliency and Demand Management Pilot Program as it is developed and implemented.  During the 2023 Legislative Session, the Utah Legislature appropriated $5 million in one-time funds to the Authority for Agricultural Resiliency Pilot Projects. The Authority will use these appropriations to …

Utah Moves to Protect Flaming Gorge, Lake Powell 

Utah weighs in on future Colorado River operations Through the Upper Colorado River Commission, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming adopted a resolution on September 21st conditioning their support for future releases from Flaming Gorge and other upstream reservoirs under the Drought Response Operations Agreement (DROA) on the following three principles: Water released to Lake Powell must be retained at …