WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Burgess Owens (UT-04) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor, as prepared for delivery, to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA), the state’s largest and most comprehensive federal water resource development project.
“This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Central Utah Project Completion Act – an absolute game changer for Utah’s water optimization and conservancy efforts.
“Our state is the fastest-growing economy per capita, and our population will double by 2065. Historic drought is crippling states like Utah, which reminds us how water truly is the lifeblood of the West.
“The Central Utah Project plays an integral role in efficient and innovative water use and conservation measures to meet the demands of our booming population and economy. The project provides water for municipal and industrial use, irrigation, hydroelectric power, fish and wildlife conservation, and improved flood control.
“Since the Central Utah Project Completion Act became law 30 years ago, the Central Utah Project has ramped up water delivery to a million and a half Utahns daily.
“This remarkable accomplishment would not have been possible without the tireless work of Utahns.
“I will take this time to recognize a few of the extraordinary individuals who made invaluable contributions to the success of the Central Utah Project. Thank you to Gene Shawcroft, Marcus Faust, Chris Hansen, Olivia Sanford, and all who made this project a reality.
“I am committed to working hand in hand with local, state, and federal partners to ensure Utah remains on the right track.
“Congratulations on this remarkable milestone.”
Watch the full remarks here.