Silver Lake apartment garden brings COVID-19 relief

When Jamie Renee Williams wanted to learn more about soil and permaculture, she volunteered at several urban farms throughout Los Angeles: Cottonwood Urban Farm in Panorama City, Huarache Farms in Sierra Madre and Farm L.A., located in Elysian Valley. When she wanted to implement what she was learning in the community, she began working with a community-led compost pick-up service to expand its reach. And when the coronavirus outbreak forced her to shelter in place, she transformed a tiny stretch of dirt next to her apartment into an edible garden.

“I thought for many years that it would be amazing to work on restoring it in some way,” Williams, 37, said of the garden in Silver Lake that she planted in March. “I had been reading books on permaculture such as “The One-Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming,” and when I started going to a bunch of different farms they were all doing something different. I was afraid of growing food. I have killed plenty of plants. But the pandemic and quarantine pushed me to do it. I figured I have all this time and nothing to lose.”

Before the pandemic, Williams juggled UX design work, volunteering and helping broaden the Compostable pickup service. But with more free time on her hands — and like so many who have struggled with isolation while sheltering in place — the garden offered her an opportunity to navigate her way through the pandemic.

“I felt like I had a partner through this pandemic,” she said. “It’s been really rewarding. I have learned that plants, like people, need to be together in a community.”

For Williams, who will be offering a guided virtual tour of the garden on Thursday as part of this week’s annual LA Design Festival, the garden is “reclaimed space for everyone.”

“Jamie embodies that special something that makes L.A. so interesting,” said festival director Haily Zaki. “She’s a creative multi-hyphenate doing her own unique thing, her way, that kind of cannot be defined in any sort of cut and dry way, kind of like L.A.”

We spoke with Williams about the value of gardening and composting and issues of food waste. She also touches on how gardening, and being outdoors, has helped her to better understand the world in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in May.

 Jamie Williams searches for bush beans in her tiny  garden next to her apartment complex.

Jamie Renee Williams searches for bush beans in the tiny garden next to her apartment complex.

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You do a lot of different things. How would you describe yourself?

To be completely honest, I have an aversion to labels. I am curious. I follow things that energize me. I like to try and learn new things. That’s my guiding philosophy. It has brought so many interesting things into my perspective. It’s probably because my childhood was very unusual.

How so?

I was born in the United States but my father was in the military so we traveled a lot. I lived in Japan from the ages of

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‘Fortnite’ Tony Stark Hidden Lake House Laboratory Location Week 7 Guide

Fortnite Week 7 Challenges ask players to discover Tony Stark’s Hidden Lake House Laboratory. Given that the area is hidden, many of the game’s Battle Royale faithful may be unaware of its precise location. In this no-nonsense guide, we’ll show you how to find the concealed Stark lab quickly and easily.

The location of Tony Stark’s Lake House

In order to find Tony Stark’s Hidden Lake House Laboratory, you must first find the Lake House itself. As marked on the map below, Tony Stark’s Lake house is west of Steamy Stacks and north of the main Stark Industries building. You can actually see it on the minimap.

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‘Fortnite’ fans can find Tony Stark’s Lake House west of Steamy Stacks. There’s a hidden Laboratory inside. ‘Fortnite’ is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Android.
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How to find Tony Stark’s Hidden Lake House Laboratory

Once you land there, uncovering the Hidden Lake House Laboratory is pretty easy. Simply enter through the front door and strike your Pickaxe at the small area of stone floor behind the couch. As seen in the screenshot below, doing so opens up the square hatch down into the Lake House Laboratory.

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Whack the floor behind the couch to reveal the Hidden Lake House Laboratory.
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When you drop in, you’ll see a bunch of computers and other strange gadgets. This location might play a bigger role in stopping Galactus in the weeks to come. For now, however, getting here is all you’ve got to do to polish off this simple Week 7 Challenge.

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Inside the Hidden Lake House Laboratory you’ll find many computers and other gadgets.
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Fortnite Week 7 Challenges

Discovering Tony Stark’s Hidden Lake House Laboratory is just one task on the larger list of Week 7 Challenges to debut in Fortnite on Thursday. Here’s a look at the full list of objectives for those who’ve yet to check out the in-game Challenge Table:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (seven)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (three)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at the Authority (three)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than four minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
  • Defeat Wolverine / Damage with Wolverine Claws (200) [Wolverine Challenge]

Most of this week’s tasks are pretty self-explanatory, as even Wolverine skin collectors should have defeated Wolverine sometime last week. This time, all you’ve got to do is defeat Wolverine again and then do some damage with the Wolverine Claws he drops. For the most part, Week 7 features a fairly easy group of challenges.

Fortnite is available now on PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC and Android.

Were you able to discover Tony Stark’s Hidden Lake House Laboratory? Which of the Week 7 Challenges is giving you the most trouble? Tell us in the comments section!

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Hedgehog, dog saved during Grass Lake house fire

JACKSON COUNTY, MI – A hedgehog and dog were rescued from a house fire in Grass Lake on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started around 3:15 p.m., Sept. 30, in house in the 100 block of Clark Street, Chief Greg Jones said.

There were no people in the house when crews arrived on scene, but there was a dog and hedgehog inside, Jones said. The animals were rescued from the house, along with some personal belongings, he said.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, and a Michigan State Police fire investigator is checking the scene on Thursday, Oct. 1, Jones said.

Damage to the house is likely repairable, depending on the homeowner’s insurance company, Jones said. There was some structural damage and extensive heat and smoke damage., he said.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family.

The Napoleon Township Fire Department, Manchester Township Fire Department and Blackman-Leoni Department of Public Safety assisted at the scene.

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Chefs Kitchen opens in Lake Wylie, SC, with seafood, steak

The Chicken Piccata at Chef’s Kitchen is served with roasted potatoes and asparagus for $20.

The Chicken Piccata at Chef’s Kitchen is served with roasted potatoes and asparagus for $20.

Chef Anthony Smith and Chef Taylor Bishop will open the doors to Chef’s Kitchen near Lake Wylie on Oct. 1. Starting at 11 a.m., the new Clover, South Carolina, restaurant and banquet facility will begin serving patrons in their indoor and outdoor spaces for brunch, lunch and dinner. The space was formerly occupied by The Cove and prior to that, River Rat.

To celebrate the grand opening, there will be a DJ playing on Oct. 2. The festivities will take place on the patio from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable.

“I never thought we’d be opening a restaurant. This is a dream come true,” Bishop said.

Chefs Smith and Bishop are partners in Chef’s Kitchen in South End as well as the new Lake Wylie location. Courtesy of Anthony Smith. .jpg
Chefs Anthony Smith and Taylor Bishop are partners in Chef’s Kitchen in South End, as well as the new location in South Carolina. Courtesy of Anthony Smith

“I can’t wait to open,” Smith said. “I’m very anxious.” This location complements the duo’s South End Chef’s Kitchen space, which offers catering and takeout.

As for the menu, think upscale fusion with hints of American, Southern and Italian inspiration. Entrees start at $18, and seafood lovers will find lobster, crab, shrimp, salmon, crawfish and scallops featured heavily throughout the menu.

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The Lobster and Shrimp Scampi, $20, is Chef Taylor Bishop’s favorite dish. It’s tossed with spinach and tomatoes in a lemon herb white wine sauce. Courtesy of Anthony Smith

Here are five menu items that caught our eye:

  • Lobster and Crab Cakes — lobster citrus rice with crab cakes and asparagus — recommended by Smith

  • Lobster and Shrimp Scampi — linguini, lobster and shrimp tossed with spinach and tomatoes in a lemon herb white wine sauce — recommended by Taylor

  • Chicken Piccata — Herb roasted chicken on top of a bed of roasted potatoes and asparagus, drizzled in a white wine, lemon and caper sauce

  • Chef’s Ribeye Steak — 14 oz. steak perfectly seasoned and grilled with mashed potatoes and asparagus

  • Scallop and Shrimp Caponata — seared scallops and shrimp with sweet potato mash and roasted carrots, topped with a sweet and tangy caper sauce.

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Chef’s Kitchen opens Oct. 1 near Lake Wylie. Courtesy of Anthony Smith

In addition to the restaurant and banquet space, which features two full bars and a 25-seat patio, Chef’s Kitchen is situated on seven acres of land. Bishop and Smith plan to use this expansive space to host events and chefs tables.

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A DJ will play on Friday night at Chef’s Kitchen as part of the restaurant’s grand opening. Courtesy of Anthony Smith

Chef’s Kitchen

5301 Highway 557, Clover, SC; and 1422 Winnifred St., Charlotte

Instagram: @chefskitchenclt

Hours: Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays will feature a brunch menu (11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sundays).


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‘Crayola’ house on Lake Michigan hits the market at $1.175M

You just might be drawn to this listing.

A Wisconsin home that’s been nicknamed the “Crayola House” by architects for its crayon-colored facade, which is accented with bright yellow, red and green, is on the market for a cool $1.175 million.

The "Crayola" house is for sale for $1.175 million 

The “Crayola” house is for sale for $1.175 million 
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The five-bedroom, 4,400-square-foot home, which sits on Lake Michigan and is located just an hour from Milwaukee, was designed by architect Margaret McCurry in 2005. Its nickname was derived from its sunny exterior and colorful windows, though it has no affiliation with crayon company Crayola.

The five-bedroom, 4,400 square-foot-home was designed by Margaret McCurry in 2005. 

The five-bedroom, 4,400 square-foot-home was designed by Margaret McCurry in 2005. 
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The home, listed by Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty, boasts lake-front views from every angle, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, vaulted ceilings and concrete floors on the main level. There’s also a dedicated sunroom, a chef’s kitchen and two family rooms.

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The upstairs features a master suite and master bath with dual balconies and four additional bedrooms.

Inside, the chef's kitchen features floor-to-ceiling windows.

Inside, the chef’s kitchen features floor-to-ceiling windows.
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“The house isn’t afraid to be itself – it allows you to have fun and be playful,” Paul Handle, managing director at Mahler Sotheby’s International Realty, told Fox News on Tuesday.

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“People call it the Lego house or the clown house. It’s really postmodern. It’s what we saw in the late ’80s and early ’90s with bright colors and atypical shapes,” Handle added.

The property boasts lake-front views of Lake Michigan. 

The property boasts lake-front views of Lake Michigan. 
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The previous homeowners, Judith Bentley and her husband Paul Bentley, purchased the three-acre plot of land in Lake Michigan in 1999 and paid $1.2 million to build the home with some help from McCurry, Bloomberg reported.

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Cadaver dogs to search Carole Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis’ lake house, ex-detective says

The story of “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic and his hunch that his rival Carole Baskin had an alleged hand in the disappearance and presumed death of her husband Don Lewis was taken up a notch on Sunday night during an Investigation Discovery special centered on the unanswered question of what happened to the tiger breeder and amateur pilot.

Jim Rathmann, a retired homicide investigator, told Fox News that cadaver dogs were brought in to aid in the search near one of Lewis’ lake houses and said he can’t possibly fathom what his family might be going through nearly 25 years after Lewis went missing.

“That area near the lake house is going to be explored further,” Rathmann said. “So there’s a lot of information that we’re going to reveal that that hasn’t been heard and that a lot of people are going to be surprised when they see this thing.

Rathmann is leading an investigation to discover the truth, revealing new theories uncovered by private investigators, reliving Lewis’s final days and demeanor with those closest to him, and unpacking evidence exposed by criminal and legal experts in the ID special “Joe Exotic: Tigers, Lies and Cover-Up,” a three-part extravaganza that aired its first two on Sunday.

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The ex-homicide investigator said the special will provide viewers “a great opportunity” to really let them be the jury, so to speak, on whether there is [Carole Baskin] involvement or not.”

“You know, it’s amazing. 23 years this case was completely unheard of other than the very initial stages,” Rathmann said. “Completely unheard of. And then everybody watched that Joe Exotic saga several months ago [on Netflix] and boom, this is on a worldwide stage. Everybody’s focused on it.”

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Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as 'Joe Exotic,' right, was convicted in an unsuccessful murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, left, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, who he has repeatedly accused of killing her husband Jack 'Don' Lewis. Lewis' unsolved 1997 disappearance and Maldonado-Passage's accusations are the subjects of Netflix's series 'Tiger King.' 

Joseph Maldonado-Passage, also known as ‘Joe Exotic,’ right, was convicted in an unsuccessful murder-for-hire plot against Carole Baskin, left, the founder of Big Cat Rescue, who he has repeatedly accused of killing her husband Jack ‘Don’ Lewis. Lewis’ unsolved 1997 disappearance and Maldonado-Passage’s accusations are the subjects of Netflix’s series ‘Tiger King.’ 
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“As an investigator, obviously, there’s a lot of people watching and everybody wants their information and wants to know what’s going on,” Rathmann said of the daunting quest to unearth answers into the Lewis’ disappearance.

“But you let the facts take you where you’ve got to go with the case itself. And unfortunately, we’re 23 years late to the game so that presents a lot of challenges in an investigation. But we’ve been fortunate enough to overcome a lot of those hurdles and get some really revealing information that we’re going to be able to display on this three-hour special.”

CAROL BASKIN’S FIRST HUSBAND’S FAMILY ATTORNEY SAYS NEW ACCOUNT CONTRADICTS HER CLAIM

Baskin, a big cat enthusiast who is the archnemesis of Exotic, has maintained her innocence since Lewis went missing in 1997

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Theory Design creates interior for Monaco model at Esplanade Lake Club

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FORT MYERS  — Theory Design’s Vice President of Design Ruta Menaghlazi, Lead Designer Adriene Ged, and interior designer Cynde Thompson have created a coastal beach style interior with a casually elegant feeling for Seagate Development Group’s Monaco model that is now open for viewing and purchase at Esplanade Lake Club.  Esplanade Lake Club is a 778-acre resort lifestyle community being developed by Taylor Morrison.  The gated community is positioned on a 352-acre lake and is attracting significant homebuyer traffic.  Taylor Morrison selected Seagate as the exclusive custom homebuilder at Esplanade Lake Club.  Custom homes by Seagate will be built on 11 of the community’s most spectacular lakefront home sites.  Six  home sites remain available for purchase.  Theory Design is also creating the interiors for Seagate’s two new models now under construction as well as a private residence being built by Seagate at Esplanade Lake Club that will feature the Monaco floor plan.  Seagate’s three and four-bedroom Esplanade Lake Club floor plan choices range from 3,299 to 4,123 square feet under air.

Seagate’s Lee Wilson is on-site at the Monaco model Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m.  Showing appointments can also be made by contacting Lee Wilson at 239.289.5831 or via email at [email protected] 

Priced at $2,350,000 furnished, the completed Monaco model’s 3,299 square feet under air open-concept floor plan features a spacious great room with beamed ceiling details and a wet bar.  The great room opens to a covered lanai and an outdoor living area with an outdoor kitchen, pool bath, and a custom pool and spa.  The lanai and outdoor living area overlook Esplanade Lake Club’s lake views.  Outdoor Productions designed the model’s landscaping, outdoor living area, pool and spa.  The master suite features a bedroom with a sitting area that opens to the outdoors, walk-in closets, and a morning bar.  The master bath includes dual vanities, a free-standing tub, and a walk-in shower.  Two VIP guest suites feature private baths.  The Monaco plan also features an owner’s study, a dining room that opens to the outdoors, an island kitchen with counter-height seating and a walk-in pantry, an audio/visual control center, and a three-car garage. 

The designers selected a color palette that features wall tones in various shades of white accented by soft tans and warm greys.  The palette plays against ten-inch wide plank white oak hardwood flooring.  Intriguing ceiling details are found throughout the home, including reverse soffit details with cove lighting in the great room and study.  The master bedroom features a beamed ceiling detail.  The great room’s wine bar showcases a base cabinet with a satin matte black finish, a quartzite counter surface, pendant lighting, and floating shelves against a decorative wallpaper.

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Rachael Ray shares video, story of her Lake Luzerne house fire

A man riding by her house on an ATV alerted her to the flames

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In the season premiere of her syndicated show Monday, Rachael Ray had a segment about the fire that partially destroyed her home in Lake Luzerne, Warren County in August.

In the clip, Ray talks about how she started a fire in her fireplace, and a while later a man jumped off an ATV in her backyard and yelled that her roof was on fire.

The famous chef and talk show host recounted how she tried to run upstairs and get her notebooks and her mother’s class ring, but heard fire crackling in the walls. She said a Hadley-Luzerne firefighter had entered the house and yelled at her to get out

She then had Greg Amyot, New York fire investigator, take her – and viewers – through what is left of the home. Amyot also discussed the challenge of there being no fire hydrants in her remote location, and how firefighters that night had to transport water from a half-mile away. The home, while heavily damaged on the second floor, appears to be able to be reconstructed.

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Six other Colorado River states send warning to Interior over Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline

Six states with claim to water in the Colorado River have fired a warning shot at Utah over the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.



a stone building that has a rocky cliff: The Colorado River flowing from the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.


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The Colorado River flowing from the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.

Don’t allow Utah to bum-rush approval for the 150-mile pipeline, the six states warned in a letter to Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, or there could be far-reaching consequences.

The letter, signed by top water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming, says there are “substantive legal and operational issues” around the pipeline that remain unresolved, despite the proposed project nearing a stage where federal approval could be issued.



a boat sitting on the side of a building: The Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah/Arizona border on Aug. 21, 2020.


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The Glen Canyon Dam on the Utah/Arizona border on Aug. 21, 2020.

While the federal government — in this case, the Bureau of Reclamation — may normally have full authority to issue approval for an infrastructure project like this, Colorado River water is governed by a complicated and oftentimes litigious collection of inter-state compacts and Supreme Court cases known as The Law of the River.

The six states — all of the water rights holders aside from the Beehive State — are alleging Utah is attempting to circumvent this 100-year-old body of laws and compacts, potentially jeopardizing cooperation between the seven states with rights to Colorado River water — one of the west’s most finite and sought-after resources relied on by approximately 40 million people. 

“Moreover, we believe the probability of multi-year litigation over a Lake Powell Pipeline (final environmental impact statement) or (record of decision) is high, and that certain Law of the River questions properly left to discussions and resolution between the states are likely to be raised in such suits,” the letter reads.”

In a written statement, the Washington County Water Conservation District said it will work diligently with the other basin states to resolve concerns while the environmental review process is underway. 

“The district will join Utah and the basin states in finding mutually agreeable solutions that allow each state to develop its water as has traditionally been the case,” the conservation district wrote. 

The six states are looking for ‘consensus’

The Lake Powell Pipeline is Utah’s answer to expected water shortages as more and more people are projected to move to the arid desert of Washington County over the next several decades.

Projections from Utah expect population in the greater St. George area to balloon from about 180,000 people today to nearly a half-million by 2065, creating a need for water that exceeds what’s currently available, according to proponents of the project.

At peak production, the pipeline is proposed to transport about 86,000 acre-feet of water a year from Lake Powell to Sand Hollow Reservoir 140 miles away, not only increasing the amount of water available but adding another source of water to southwestern Utah’s portfolio, which currently relies solely on sources in the Virgin River Basin.

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Six states send letter of warning over Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline

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The Colorado River flowing from the foot of the Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona.  (Photo: Sam Gross/The St. George Spectrum & Daily News)

Six states with claim to water in the Colorado River have fired a warning shot at Utah over the controversial Lake Powell Pipeline.

Don’t allow Utah to bum-rush approval for the 150-mile pipeline, the six states warned in a letter to Secretary of Interior David Bernhardt, or there could be far-reaching consequences.

The letter, signed by top water officials from Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Wyoming, says there are “substantive legal and operational issues” around the pipeline that remain unresolved, despite the proposed project nearing a stage where federal approval could be issued.

While the federal government — in this case, the Bureau of Reclamation — may normally have full authority to issue approval for an infrastructure project like this, Colorado River water is governed by a complicated and oftentimes litigious collection of inter-state compacts and Supreme Court cases known as The Law of the River.

The six states — all of the water rights holders aside from the Beehive State — are alleging Utah is attempting to circumvent this 100-year-old body of laws and compacts, potentially jeopardizing cooperation between the seven states with rights to Colorado River water — one of the west’s most finite and sought-after resources relied on by approximately 40 million people. 

“Moreover, we believe the probability of multi-year litigation over a Lake Powell Pipeline (final environmental impact statement) or (record of decision) is high, and that certain Law of the River questions properly left to discussions and resolution between the states are likely to be raised in such suits,” the letter reads.”

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The Lake Powell Pipeline is Utah’s answer to expected water shortages as more and more people are projected to move to the arid desert of Washington County over the next several decades.

Projections from Utah expect population in the greater St. George area to balloon from about 180,000 people today to nearly a half-million by 2065, creating a need for water that exceeds what’s currently available, according to proponents of the project.

At peak production, the pipeline is proposed to transport about 86,000 acre-feet of water a year from Lake Powell to Sand Hollow Reservoir 140 miles away, not only increasing the amount of water available but adding another source of water to southwestern Utah’s portfolio, which currently relies solely on sources in the Virgin River Basin.

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The Colorado River flowing the Glen Canyon Dam just south of Lake Powell.  (Photo: Sam Gross/The St. George Spectrum & Daily News)

Aside from the contentious issues surrounding the actual construction of the pipeline across vast expanses of environmentally sensitive and culturally significant lands, this proposal raises a host of issues ranging from

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