Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) recently announced they are getting into the business of Bear River Development. RMP’s federal license to operate the Cutler Reservoir hydropower project expires in 2024 and must be relicensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a process that only happens every 25 years.
As part of this process, RMP is proposing to raise Cutler Dam several feet, which may inundate valuable wetlands and trap more Bear River water behind the dam. When the URC asked RMP for more details about the proposal, they said they had no information available for the public.
Diverting the Bear River upstream of the Great Salt Lake would lower the Lake’s elevation several feet. This would dry up tens of thousands of acres of wetlands and impact air quality along the Wasatch Front by increasing the amount of airborne dust during windstorms.