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Upalco unit replacement possible

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OREM, Utah (AP) - A replacement project for the Upalco Unit of the Central Utah Project may be possible, said Don Christiansen, general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. He told the district board Oct. 25 that the district has been meeting with water users in the Uinta Basin and the Department of the Interior on a project and it expects to issue an Environmental Impact Statement on Dec. 1. The Upalco and Uinta units of the CUP have been stalled for lack of agreement between the Ute Indian Tribe, the water users and the Interior Department. The proposed Upalco replacement would move mountain storage water into Moon Lake Reservoir and would enlarge the capacity of the Big Sand Wash Reservoir from 12,000 to 24,000 acre-feet. Christiansen said district officials have been working with Robert McMullin, president of the Strawberry Water Users Association, on a project that would take Strawberry water to southern Utah County and eastern Juab County. "e;It won't be easy, but McMullin is committed to the project and we would like to see it built,"e; Christiansen said. The project would replace the Spanish Fork-Nephi Irrigation System, which was discontinued last year after the Strawberry Water Users Association decided not to participate in the project.