Conserving and Developing Water Today, Providing for Tomorrow
West Desert Water Supply 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 the water rights and in 2019 the water rights were decreed by the court through a settlement with Beaver County and SITLA. The District received 15,000 AC/FT from Pine and 6,525 AC/FT from Wah Wah and an additional 4,025 AC/FT at a fixed time.
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, the District, with the BLM, will perform an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), conducting archaeological, biological and hydrological surveys to analyze potential impacts and receive a Record of Decision for a Right-of-Way.
It is expected that the Notice of Intent will be filed for the EIS in 2020.