Why is an EIS needed?

An Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, is necessary to document the potential effects of proposed improvements as per federal laws and regulations. It is needed to fulfill all required environmental clearances, allocate funding and preserve land for a future project. Visit the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) website for more information.

What are the main steps in the EIS process and what do they involve?

​​​​Download our Envioronmental Process Flowchart here.

What are some environmental resources that the EIS will assess?

  • Water Resources
  • Water Quality
  • Wetlands
  • Threatened and Endangered Species
  • Wildlife
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Historic Properties
  • Land Use
  • Air Quality
  • Noise
  • Right-of-Way/Property Impacts
  • Cultural Resources
  • Social
  • Environmental Justice
  • Economic Conditions
  • Cultural Resources
  • Visual and Aesthetic
  • Potential Construction Impacts
  • Parks and Recreation Areas
  • Cumulative Effects

How is this study being funded?

Funding for this study comes from an NRCS program; The Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566) Link to website: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/null/?cid=nrcseprd397225

Who is responsible for this study?

This study is a joint effort between Price City and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The study team will work closely with the Price River Water Resources Committee (PRWRC) throughout the environmental process.

How can I provide input?

There are four opportunities for the public to provide formal comment throughout the environmental process.

  1. Public Scoping Meeting: 30-day comment period
  2. Alternatives Public Meeting: 30-day comment period
  3. Public Hearing/Draft Plan-EIS: 45-day comment period
  4. Final Plan-EIS: 30-day comment period
Formal comments can be submitted via our project hotline, email, or comment form. Printed comment forms will be available at Price City Hall (185 E. Main St. from Oct. 15 - Nov. 13. Click here to learn more about how to comment. You many contact the study team at the following:

What is an EIS and what is it intended to accomplish?

An Environmental Impact Statement, or EIS, is a government document that outlines the effects of a proposed project on its surrounding environment. In the United States, these statements are mandated by federal law for certain projects. Environmental Impact Statements are meant to inform decision makers and the public of reasonable alternatives that could meet the project purpose, avoid or minimize adverse effects, and enhance the quality of the environment.

What is the purpose of the Upper Price River Watershed Plan-EIS?

The Upper Price River Watershed Plan-EIS study team is looking at finding sustainable solutions to increase and maintain safe and reliable water supplies in Price City and the surrounding area.

What is the schedule for this study?

This study started in August 2020 and is projected to last through Summer 2022.

We are currently in the Alternatives Phase. The schedule may change as the study progresses.

Has a decision already been made?

No decision has been made. We are still in the early stages of the environmental process. The study team will investigate many potential alternatives in a variety of areas to determine the best possible solution.