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Federal Funding Boost to Accelerate Completion of Water Resource Project

Tue June 05, 2018 - West Edition #12
Central Utah Water Conservancy District


The Central Utah Project (CUP) captures a large portion of Utah's share of Colorado River water from the Uinta Basin and moves it through several reservoirs to eight counties along the Wasatch Front and Central Utah.
The Central Utah Project (CUP) captures a large portion of Utah's share of Colorado River water from the Uinta Basin and moves it through several reservoirs to eight counties along the Wasatch Front and Central Utah.

Utah's largest and most comprehensive water resource development program is one step closer to completion, due to $15 million in construction funding championed by Rep. Chris Stewart and approved by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The Central Utah Project (CUP) captures a large portion of Utah's share of Colorado River water from the Uinta Basin and moves it through several reservoirs to eight counties along the Wasatch Front and Central Utah.

Each year, the CUP system delivers more than 350,000 acre ft. of water (equivalent to filling the Utah State Capitol with water 167 times) that is critical for the explosive growth Utah has seen and will continue to see over the next several decades.

“Many Utahns don't realize that the water coming out of their tap has traveled hundreds of miles to get there as part of the Central Utah Project,” said Gene Shawcroft, general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District. “It's crucial that we finish what we started to ensure adequate water supply for our booming population.”

CUP started in partnership with the federal government in 1956 to meet Utah's long-term water needs. The federal government is contractually obligated to fund a portion of the construction that will all be repaid by water users. However, years of inadequate federal funding forced Central Utah Water Conservancy District to tap its own resources to keep the project moving, and with only one last pipeline left to build to complete the project, the previous Administration cut construction funding down to zero. Since 2012, the Utah delegation has united to fight these cuts and has restored construction funding incrementally.

“As Utah's only member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Stewart has been an important leader and advocate of the project,” Shawcroft said. “We thank him for his hard work to restore these funds that are so vital to Utah's future. This increase represents a significant comeback for a project that was facing real uncertainty and delay due to federal funding cuts.”

Congress has been clear that the Department of Interior should direct any additional funding for the project toward construction. On May 16 the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a $5 million funding increase over last year, for a total of $15 million for fiscal year 2019. If that funding level is passed by Congress and maintained in future years, the project could be completed within five years.