2024 REPI Challenge Announcement – Weber Water Basin Final
Compatible Lands Foundation receives a $149,000 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration 2024 Challenge award from the Department of Defense to focus on the long-term preservation of the Weber Water Basin at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.
Hill Air Force Base (HAFB) is nested within the Ogden-Clearfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and contiguous to the Salt Lake City MSA. The base faces pressure from continued urbanization within the greater Great Salt Lake region. This frequent development also rapidly decreases permeable surface area, threatening recharge zones within the Weber Water Basin that feeds the aquifer. Protecting the Weber River Basin promotes the long-term mission sustainment of HAFB and benefits the protection of the Great Salt Lake and greater Great Salt Lake Watershed, which are severely threatened.
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The water used on HAFB comes from two sources: water produced from on-base wells connected to the Delta Aquifer and surface water from the Weber River purchased from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District. This project will preserve the long-term mission sustainability of HAFB through increased drought resilience by identifying priority areas for projects to enhance aquifer recharge, which will reduce strain on the Delta Aquifer fed primarily by the Weber River Basin. By safeguarding the watershed’s integrity, the project ensures a stable and reliable water supply for the base, reducing the risk of water shortages or restrictions on water usage during prolonged droughts or other water stress events.
Participating Partners include Hill Air Force Base, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs, City of Layton, and the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District.
The REPI Challenge is a competition with dedicated funding for conservation partners to advance project outcomes outside installations and ranges through large-scale innovation, conservation, and climate resilience actions. From its pilot project in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the REPI Program designed the REPI Challenge for partners and installations to cultivate innovative projects that harness creativity and protect critical testing and training capabilities. Since FY 2012, the REPI Program has distributed over $169 million in program funds to REPI Challenge projects in 62 locations. REPI Challenge projects have leveraged more than $474 million in partner contributions that promote compatible land use, enhance military installation resilience, and relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations in areas of strategic importance.