Powell Pipeline discussion and poll this Thursday

ST. GEORGE  — The public is invited to attend a meeting regarding possible financial models for the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline, Thursday, from 4-6 p.m. The primary focus of this meeting will be to lay a foundation for how the pipeline might be financed and what the implications could be.

The objective of this meeting is not to provide a final, definitive funding model, but to explore the options for funding. This discussion will hopefully  help to answer questions like when the pipeline project should start, and what the fiscal implications would be for a project of this magnitude.

The committee members will be  using real-time polling technology to narrow model assumptions.

Principal analyst for Applied Analysis Jeremy Aguero will be the presenter at the meeting. Applied Analysis is an economic, fiscal and policy research and analysis firm that has undertaken countless economic analyses throughout the world. Aguero’s areas of expertise include economic analysis, operational model development and fiscal impact analysis.  He has testified on economic and fiscal issues before the United States Congress, state legislatures, county commissions and city councils.  His research has been relied on by state supreme courts and cited by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and numerous other media outlets.

The meeting is put on by a committee from the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

The Community Integrated Resource Planning Advisory Committee – CIRPAC – started in 2012. CIRPAC is a 29-member citizen advisory committee that represents the residents of Washington County. The committee evaluates the district’s management and development of water resources, conservation, water quality, planning, funding and more.

Washington County Water Conservancy District – WCWCD – a non profit public agency, was established in 1962 to manage Southern Utah’s regional water needs. It’s charged with conserving, developing, managing and stabilizing water supplies within the county in an ongoing effort to provide a safe, sustainable water supply for current and future generations.

Meeting details

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 21, 4-6 p.m.
  • Where: Washington County Water Conservancy District, 533 East Waterworks Drive, St. George.

Submitted by: The Washington County Water Conservancy District

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  • weldon November 20, 2013 at 8:26 am


    • DoubleTap November 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

      That would be a double BOHICA. Again and again….

  • but seriously November 20, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hurry up and build that giant silly straw. We need more water running down the streets!

  • Ken November 20, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Wow a whole paragraph touting Mr Aguero! STG News is very enamored with this guy! Curious why you haven’t reported on Dr Daryll Olsen’s findings about this pipeline? I would hope you have a reporter at this asking through questions!!!

  • arlan November 20, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Doesn’t say whom has hired Aguero in this puff piece.
    If it is WCWCD, how unbiased can he be?
    WCWCD wants to jam this down our throats, and a paid schill would be but the first salvo in getting their way.

    When do we get to vote?

    • Ken November 20, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Vote? The WCWCD and the hoodwinkers at the state level will make sure the facts will never be known and they surely won’t let the people decide. This is for the benefit of a few and to be paid for by all of us. When people find out the true cost of this scam they will not move here and all those supposed “impact fees” will be made up from doubled property taxes and extreme increases in water rates. Just remember how Mr Thompson spent all that money on a Taj Mahal without any public input, you seriously think they want any now! They paid for Dr Olsen’s study but since he didn’t provide what they wanted to hear the WCWCD made it all disappear, that should make everyone wonder!!

  • Bender November 20, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    No amount of yapping by paid shill Aguero will negate the fact that the project is economically untenable for the county. It only works if Thompson can shift the costs somewhere else — for example the whole state of Utah. Thompson missed the glory days of the subsidized big water project by a good thirty years. It used to be the Feds would loan the entire amount at zero interest and give you forever to pay it back. This project, now, would have to be paid back by real, local money and prevailing interest rates. I don’t see the state stepping up with anything other than token subsidies. The state would have to be crazy to guarantee bonding for the project.
    The county can easily build out to 3/4 million if we let water rates drift up to the real cost of delivering the water. The market will force us, individually, to be more careful with water. It is beyond me how this county, with its hotbed of Tea Party and Libertarian nuts, allows local government to short circuit the free market by selling water for less than its true cost.
    This project would be a gift to the landholding pioneer royalty. These are the guys who were either too lazy to leave Southern Utah for better opportunities before the 1960’s, or more ruthless than their siblings in grabbing the inherited land they now sit on. The rest of you red-neck wage-monkeys are being shaken down by these jerks when they pay you starvation wages so they can keep a cabin at Pine Valley, a houseboat at Powell, and two dozen motorized crotch rockets.

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