The purpose of the project is to restore, re-create, and enhance the ecological character of the historic Provo River delta and Utah Lake interface to support survival of June sucker. This would be accomplished by developing a new river channel that would provide suitable instream habitat and sufficient slope to transport young fish to a developed bay, or delta, at Utah Lake with depths and vegetation cover suitable for June sucker rearing and recruitment. The project is intended to help recover the endangered June sucker by re-establishing essential habitat through restoration of the lower Provo River ecosystem to a more natural condition, as has been identified in the June Sucker Recovery Plan (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 1999).
"The Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Central Utah Project (CUP) Completion Act Office, and the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, in cooperation with, the June Sucker Recovery Implementation Program (JSRIP), are jointly preparing an Environmental Impact Statement for public review on a proposed stream channel and delta restoration project for the lower Provo River and its interface with Utah Lake near Provo, Utah. The Environmental Impact Statement will be prepared under the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500).
The first public meeting to collect input on the project will be held on March 25, 2010 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Utah Lake State Park (4400 West Center Street in Provo).