Dear Editor:

Here is an easy and effective way to comment on the expensive and unnecessary Lake Powell Pipeline project. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is in the process of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) regarding the LPP project. Scoping is the gathering stage when Reclamation asks the public to help them identify significant issues that need to be analyzed by consultants, scientists and technical experts in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

Go to this website for information and submitting your comment:www.usbr.gov/uc/envdocs/eis/LakePowellPipeline/.

Also you can comment by attending the upcoming Kanab LPP Scoping Meeting on January 7, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. downtown at the new Kanab Center. Keep in mind that the people who are being paid millions of taxpayer dollars to plan this project are doing a poor job informing people about the costs, risks and problems with this proposed pipeline.

Useful comments can include a thorough study of the financial impacts on families that this project would cause. Also, research into less expensive alternatives for obtaining and conserving water. Also, the risk of not having any water for this pipeline if our drought conditions persist, as is predicted.

Dennis Strong, a former Director of the Utah Division of Water Resources, has said that if people would change their landscaping habits, the Lake Powell Pipeline would not be necessary. In fact, government studies and reports consistently indicate that Kane County does not need the Lake Powell Pipeline.

 Mike Noel has been claiming for years that we are running out of water, yet today he is working hard to give Kanab’s drinking water away to a proposed frac sand mine. Most of us notice that Mike often talks out of both sides of his mouth when it comes to getting what he wants. With regard to a pipeline that would cost taxpayers and water users billions of dollars, Mike should be telling us the truth.

So, please do go ahead and submit your scoping comments on the Lake Powell Pipeline that if built, would have a huge impact on our community and your wallet.