West Desert Timeline

  • ​In 2006, CICWCD filed for groundwater in the basins of Pine and Wah Wah Valleys (WR Area 14, & 69) for 15,000 and 12,000 AC/FT respectively.
  • CICWCD also filed on 10,000 AC/FT in Hamlin Valley but has not acted on such applications because at the time there were interstate negotiations between Nevada and Utah. ​
  • 2012-2015 CICWCD contracted with the BLM, Division of Water Rights and USGS, to conduct a study on water sustainability in Pine and Wah Wah Valleys.
  • May 2014, The State Engineer approved in favor of CICWCD 15,000 AC/FT from Pine and 6,525 AC/FT from Wah Wah​.
  • The first phase of the West Desert Water Supply Project will import water from Pine Valley.
  • The District began working on importing water between 2013 and 2017, by drilling multiple test wells and conducting lithological studies, hydrologic tests, and pump tests.
  • In 2015, the environmental process for the Pine Valley Water Supply and Conservation Project was started.
  • During 2018, the District submitted the application for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the BLM.
  • During 2019-2022 it is foreseen that the District, along with the BLM, will select a 3rd party environmental consultant, acquire right-of-way permits, and conduct archaeological/biological surveys to finalize and receive a Record of Decision for the EIS.2014-5-27 BLM Corridor Map 2014-05-27

Today, Utah is among the fastest-growing states in the country. In 2018, Iron County occupied the top growth position in Utah. Utah also happens to be among the driest states in the country in terms of its annual precipitation. Its water resources are finite and, as in many parts of the world, their future is uncertain. As Iron County’s population continues to grow, so will its demand for water. As such, water development and water conservation are parallel focus of the CICWCD.