Final Environmental Assessment &
Finding of No Significant Impact
The federal action being considered in this Environmental Assessment is the development and implementation of a Resource Management Plan for Steinaker Reservoir, located in northeastern Utah approximately 2 miles north of Vernal City in Uintah County. The U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation’s authority to prepare RMPs is vested in the broad authority of the Reclamation Act of 1902 (Chapter 1093, 32 Statute 388); the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (Chapter 418, 53 Statute 1187); the Federal Water Project Recreation Act (Public Law [P.L.] 89-72, 79 Statute 213); and, more specifically, in the Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-575, Title 28 (2805(c)(1)(A)]). The Reclamation Recreation Management Act of 1992, Title 28 (P.L. 102-575) authorized the preparation of RMPs to “provide for the development, use, conservation, protection, enhancement, and management of resources on Reclamation lands in a manner that is compatible with the authorized purposes of the Reclamation Project associated with the Reclamation lands.”
The purpose of the RMP is to produce a document that will guide Reclamation, along with local, state, federal, and other participating agencies, in managing, allocating, and appropriately using Steinaker Reservoir’s land and water resources. The RMP is also important in assisting Reclamation in making decisions regarding the management of recreational resources. Resource management issues and problems at Steinaker Reservoir are addressed through various management solutions. The RMP document will include long-term management Goals and Objectives for the Steinaker Reservoir RMP Study Area, which includes the reservoir and its associated lands.