Steinaker Piping Project Underway; Meeting Resistance

After years of public process and collaboration, work began this month on a project aimed to pipe the lower 3 and a half miles of the Steinaker Service Canal. The project, consisting of installing 12- to 63-inch high-density polyethylene pipe, will make connections between existing water delivery points and should be complete sometime in December. With an estimated 1,200 acre feet of water lost every year due to evaporation and seepage, it’s not hard to understand the project’s purpose. It is not without resistance, however, as some members of the public are upset by the habitat changes that will take place along the canal as a result. Manager of the Uintah Water Conservancy District Gawain Snow says that habitat naturally does change when water is piped but that water is saved and additional habitat is created in other places. The same group of people resisting the project have also distributed their belief that the project is the first steps in eventually piping water away from the Uintah Basin to be sold to the highest bidder. This claim is absolutely false, according to Snow. “The water is not leaving the area and it will stay in the area for those that have the right to use that water,” explains Snow. “The same claims were made during the public process and it didn’t matter what we said then or now, the claims are still unfounded. We do this to keep additional water here in the valley to provide water for the community the best way we can. We hope it will be a benefit to the community and we believe it is.”

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Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.