Southern Utah residents travel to SLC to voice opposition to Lake Powell pipeline

Posted at 8:19 PM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 22:19:40-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Washington County residents made sure they were heard loud and clear in Salt Lake City Thursday during a meeting of the Board of Water
Resources, where they spoke out against a proposed Lake Powell pipeline.

The pipeline is part of Senate Bill 80, which critics say costs too much and will only result in higher taxes. But officials supporting the proposal say the project is still in its early stages and the exact cost is unknown.

“This is a waste of money, and this is government waste, and the blowing of taxpayer dollars for no other reason than Republicans won’t stand up to the water lobby at the State Capitol,” said Zachary Frankel of the Utah Rivers Council.

The Utah Division of Water Resources says until the bidding process begins, it’s not clear how much it will cost.