Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation Mitigation and Conservation in the Central Utah Project
Establishes the Central Utah Project Mitigation and Conservation Commission to oversee all matters in connection with fish, wildlife, and recreation mitigation and enhancement within the Project and the Colorado River Storage Project in Utah. Requires the Commission to complete certain plans and submit specified reports.
Provides funding for the Commission. Authorizes the Commission to reallocate certain funds available for the benefit of fish, wildlife, or recreation.
Directs the District to acquire, with funds provided by the Commission, specified additional permanent storage waters above Deer Creek Reservoir or the equivalent in the Provo River Drainage. Earmarks specified funds for such acquisition.
Provides all water rights after such acquisition to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for maintaining instream flows in the Provo River between Deer Creek Reservoir and Utah Lake. Authorizes appropriations.
Directs the District, annually, to provide amounts of water sufficient to sustain minimum stream flows established pursuant to a prior Stream Flow Agreement. Directs the District to acquire with Commission funds all of the Strawberry Basin water rights being diverted to the Heber Valley through the Daniel's Creek drainage and to apply such rights to increase the minimum stream flows of streams and rivers in the Strawberry River and Reservoir area.
Earmarks funds for such acquisition.
Requires the yield and operating plans for the Bonneville Unit of the Project to be established or adjusted to provide for specified minimum stream flows for streams and rivers in the Diamond Fork and Provo Rivers. Requires such minimum flows to be provided continuously and in perpetuity from a date first feasible as determined by the Commission. Directs the District to prepare a study and develop a mitigation plan of the effects of peak season flows in the Provo River. Earmarks specified funds for such study and plan.
Provides that, after completion of the Diamond Fork water delivery system, deliveries of water shall begin through that system and the Strawberry Tunnel shall no longer be used, except for delivery of water for fishery purposes.
Provides an exception.
Requires the fish, wildlife, and recreation projects identified or proposed in the Definite Plan Report (a May 1988 report for the Bonneville Unit of the Project) which have not been completed as of the enactment of this Act to be completed in accordance with such Report and a fish, wildlife, and recreation mitigation schedule appearing later under this Act. Directs the Commission to acquire on an expedited basis big game winter range lands to compensate for the impacts of the Project. Requires such acquired lands to be transferred to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for management as a big game winter range.
Requires the Commission to construct big game crossings and wildlife escape ramps for the protection of big game animals along the Provo Reservoir Canal, Highline Canal, Strawberry Power Canal, and others.
Earmarks funds for such construction.
Earmarks funds for the planning and implementation of rehabilitation and enhancement projects on wetlands areas around the Great Salt Lake in accordance with a plan to be developed by the Commission. Requires the Commission to complete an inventory of nongame wetland species throughout areas affected by the Project, including the Weber River drainage.
Earmarks specified funds for fisheries acquisition, rehabilitation, and improvements within Utah. Requires the project plan for the stabilization of high mountain lakes in the Upper Provo River drainage to be revised to provide for the stabilization of specified lakes in such area.
Earmarks specified funds for the stabilization of fish and wildlife habitat improvement in such lakes.
Earmarks specified funds for stream access and riparian zone development in Utah at specified areas.
Earmarks funds to the Commission to conduct a study of the impacts to wildlife and riparian zones in drainages that will experience substantially-reduced water flows resulting from operation of the Strawberry Collection System. Earmarks specified funds to the District for projects to reduce the salinity of Utah Lake. Earmarks specified funds for:
(1) Jordan River riparian zone rehabilitation;
(2) acquisition of the wetland acreages along the Jordan River;
(3) recreational facilities for the Jordan River Parkway; and
(4) riparian area enhancement, stream habitat improvements, and fisherman access along the Provo River in specified areas.
Authorizes the Mount Olivet Cemetery Association to lease a specified area of land for golf course purposes, under specified conditions.
Earmarks specified funds for:
(1) specified Project recreation features;
(2) watershed and fish and wildlife improvements in the Fremont River drainage;
(3) small dams and watershed improvements in specified areas within Utah and the Project; and
(4) improvements to existing hatchery facilities or the construction of new hatcheries for areas affected by the Colorado River Storage Project. Provides certain restrictions in connection with the appropriation of funds for the Colorado River Storage Project. Outlines the fish, wildlife, and recreation mitigation and enhancement plan for the Bonneville Unit of the Project.