Bureau of Reclamation to finalize Green River Water Rights Exchange with state of Utah at signing ceremony

Media Contact: Darrick Whipple, 801-379-1195, dwhipple@usbr.gov
Marcie Larson, 801-641-0986, MarcieLarson@utah.gov

For Release: March 18, 2019

SAINT GEORGE, Utah – The Bureau of Reclamation and state of Utah will join in a signing ceremony to formalize an agreement for the Green River Water Rights Exchange contract. This agreement exchanges the state’s assigned Green River water right for use of Colorado River Storage Project water from Flaming Gorge Dam. Representatives from the state and Reclamation completed negotiations on the proposed agreement last year and Reclamation recently completed a subsequent National Environmental Policy Act review, which resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact.

This agreement is specific to the Green River Block of the state’s previously-assigned Central Utah Project Ultimate Phase water right. It is not related to the state’s proposed Lake Powell Pipeline project.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 8:00 a.m. (MDT)

Where: Dixie Convention Center, Entrada BC Room, 1835 S Convention Center Dr., St. George, Utah

Members of the media are invited to attend. Representatives from the state of Utah and Reclamation will be briefly available following the contract signing to answer questions from media representatives.

Live stream or other remote participation options are not available for this event.

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