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Colorado River, Moab, Utah

VIDEO: Colorado River Authority Act of Utah 2021

New Colorado River Authority Act enacted to protect water interests in Utah.

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (March 10, 2021) — Utah’s 2021 Legislature passed the Colorado River Authority of Utah Act addressing management of the state’s interests in the Colorado River system.

A new six member council from across Utah will include a member representing Washington County’s Conservancy District.

Washington County Commissioners applaud efforts to preserve and protect water interests which are critical to southern Utah’s water needs in the near future.

Washington County of Utah

Protecting the Colorado River

County Leaders Laud Passage of Historic Legislation

Washington County Commissioners Gil Almquist, Victor Iverson, and Dean Cox applaud the Utah Legislature’s passing of H.B. 297: Colorado River Amendments. This bill, sponsored by Speaker of the House Brad Wilson and Senate President Stuart Adams , passed the Utah House of Representatives with a vote of 61 to 12 and the Utah Senate with a vote of 24 to 3. The legislation now heads to the governor’s office for final approval.

“The Colorado River is one of our most valuable resources,” Commission Chair Gil Almquist said. “Utah consistently ranks as one of the driest states in the nation. We need water to support our economy and livelihoods. We have water rights to the Colorado River that have never been used and it’s important we protect those rights. We appreciate the legislature’s passage of this worthwhile bill.”

House Bill 297 will enact the Colorado River Authority of Utah. The Authority will be made up of six members from different geographical regions in Utah, including the Virgin River watershed area of Washington and Kane counties.

Commissioner Dean Cox commented, “Southern Utah voices are critical when discussing the future of Utah’s water. We are pleased the legislature recognized Washington County in this provision.”

The mission of the authority is to protect, conserve, use and develop Utah’s Colorado River appropriation. The authority will also be tasked with studying issues impacting the Colorado River system and developing management plans. Similar task forces have been created in other Colorado River Basin states.

“The Colorado River is one of the most important water sources for seven western states and part of Mexico,” said Commissioner Victor Iverson. “Wise stewardship and deliberation is critical as we seek to balance the demands on this important and limited resource. Our approach must protect Utah’s present and future water needs, while respecting other river users. This bill is a great step toward accomplishing this crucial goal.”

HCP Desert Tortoise

RFP – Washington County Environmental Surveys

Request For Proposal

Washington County is seeking proposals for the following environmental surveys and subsequent biological reports to be done by a qualified biologist and botanist: (1) Mojave desert tortoise, and (2) Three rare plant species (Dwarf bear poppy, Siler pincushion, and Shivwits milk vetch).

Download Request for Proposal document
03/03/2021 – Updated Dates and Description

Submittal Procedure / Timeline

Proposals must be submitted bearing the title “Washington County Environmental Surveys” and received no later than March 7th, 2021. Proposals in sealed envelopes can be submitted to:

Washington County HCP
197 E. East Tabernacle St.
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)

Proposals may also be submitted by fax or email to:

Email: cameron.rognan@washco.utah.gov
Phone: (435) 256-6310
Fax: (435) 634-5758

Please review RFP document for maps showing the exact location of the lands to be surveyed.

Download Request for Proposal document
03/03/2021 – Updated Dates and Description

For additional information please contact:

Cameron Rognan
Washington County HCP
Email: cameron.rognan@washco.utah.gov
Office: (435) 256-6310
Cell: (435) 705-4431
197 E. East Tabernacle St.
St. George, UT 84770
(Google Maps)
HCP Desert Tortoise

Northern Corridor Right-of-Way and Mojave Desert Tortoise

We are pleased to announce a decision by the US Department of Interior to grant the Northern Corridor Right-of-Way and a Mojave Desert Tortoise incidental take permit that protects private property rights in Washington County.

We thank all those who have worked hard for many years to get us to this point. We thank those at all levels of government who have worked to make this decision balanced and effective. We also thank the public for their input.

We would like to highlight a few of the notable advantages as a result of these decisions. For example, the new transportation route will enable more efficient travel and reduce congestion along I-15, St. George Blvd, Red Hills Parkway and Skyline Drive. Also, the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve will be enlarged by 7,000 acres which increases protected habitat for the Mojave Desert tortoise. The Northern Corridor will also accommodate a more rapid response in the event of damaging wildland fires within the sensitive habitat and by preventing traffic congestion it will prevent air pollution.

We appreciate the negotiations that have resulted in meeting multiple goals including preserving a healthy Desert Tortoise population.

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Washington County of Utah

Notice of Vacancies for Pine Valley

NOTICE is hereby given that there is:

Applications should be downloaded using the links above and submitted to Cheyenne.bentley@washco.utah.gov. See below for details about each vacancy.

Administrative Control Board

To qualify for appointment to Administrative Control Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Be a qualified elector (registered voter) within the district to which you are applying.

Special Service District

Those wishing to serve on a Special Service District aforementioned should contact the Washington County Commission Office no later than Monday, January 4, 2021.

Washington County Commission Office
attn: Cheyenne Bentley
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5700
Email: Cheyenne.bentley@washco.utah.gov

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to these boards at its January 19, 2021, County Commission meeting.

Published in The Spectrum on December 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11, 2020.

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

Washington County of Utah

Public Hearing Notice for 2020 and 2021 Washington County Budget

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Commissioners of Washington County will hold a public hearing regarding:

  • Opening of the 2020 Budget of Washington County
  • Final 2021 Budget of Washington County

Click here to download a copy of the budget or request a copy in-person:

Washington County Clerk-Auditor's Office
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5712

A public hearing will be held by the Board of Commissioners of Washington County on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 4:00 pm, at the Washington County Administration Building, in the Commission Chambers.

Washington County Commission Chambers
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)

Individuals with speech and/or hearing impairments may call the Relay Utah by dialing 711. Spanish Relay Utah: 1-888-346-3162.

Published in The Spectrum newspaper on Monday, December 7, 2020

Posted in conjunction with publishing:

Notice of Vacancy — Planning Commission

Download Vacancy Planning Commission Board application

NOTICE is hereby given that there are five (5) vacancies on the Washington County Planning Commission.

To qualify for appointment to that Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen;
  2. Reside in Washington County;
  3. Be registered to vote in Washington County.

Those wishing to serve on the Washington County Planning Commission should contact Cheyenne Bentley of the Washington County Commission Office no later than Monday, December 28, 2020:

Washington County Commission Office
attn: Cheyenne Bentley
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5700
Email: Send a Message

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to these boards at its January 19, 2021, County Commission meeting.

Published in The Spectrum November 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2020.

Download Vacancy Planning Commission Board application

Notice of Vacancies — Angel Springs, Water Conservancy, Tourism, and RAP Tax

NOTICE is hereby given that there the following vacancies are available:

  • (1) vacancy on the Angel Springs Special Service District Administrative Control Board
  • (3) vacancies on the Recreation Arts and Parks (RAP) Advisory Board
  • (3) vacancies on the Water Conservancy District Board of Trustees
  • (4) vacancies on the Tourism Tax Advisory Board

To qualify for appointment to that Board, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Be a U.S. Citizen;
  2. Be a qualified elector (registered voter) within the district to which you are applying

Those wishing to serve on one of the Special Service Districts or Boards aforementioned should contact Cheyenne Bentley of the Washington County Commission Office no later than Friday, November 20, 2020:

Washington County Commission Office
attn: Cheyenne Bentley
197 East Tabernacle
St. George, Utah 84770
(Google Maps)
Phone: 435-634-5700
Email: Send a Message

The County Commission will consider the nominees for appointment to these boards at its December 1, 2020, County Commission meeting.

Published in The Spectrum October 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2020.

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