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H.C.R. 8







Chief Sponsor: Bradley A. Winn

Senate Sponsor: Darin G. Peterson

             8      Cosponsors:
             9      Douglas C. Aagard
             10      Sheryl L. Allen
             11      Sylvia S. Andersen
             12      Roger E. Barrus
             13      Jim Bird
             14      Stephen D. Clark
             15      Bradley M. Daw
             16      Brad L. Dee
             17      Glenn A. Donnelson
             18      John Dougall
             19      Jack R. Draxler
             20      James A. DunniganBen C. Ferry
Julie Fisher
Lorie D. Fowlke
Craig A. Frank
Kevin S. Garn
Kerry W. Gibson
Richard A. Greenwood
Keith Grover
Kory M. Holdaway
Gregory H. Hughes
Fred R. Hunsaker
Todd E. Kiser
Bradley G. LastRebecca D. Lockhart
Steven R. Mascaro
Kay L. McIff
Ronda Rudd Menlove
Michael T. Morley
Paul A. Neuenschwander
Michael E. Noel
Curtis Oda
Paul Ray
Stephen E. Sandstrom
Mark W. Walker
R. Curt Webb
Carl Wimmer              21     
             22      LONG TITLE
             23      General Description:
             24          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges Congress and the
             25      United States Bureau of Reclamation to support development of the Narrows Water
             26      Project in Central Utah.
             27      Highlighted Provisions:
             28          This resolution:
             29          .    recognizes the need for adequate water storage for economic viability in the
             30      communities of Central Utah, and the decades-long effort to develop the Narrows

             31      Water Project;
             32          .    acknowledges the Narrows Water Project as the least expensive, most cost-
             33      effective, and most environmentally sound means of storing water in Sanpete County;
             34          .    recognizes that the water rights relative to the Narrows Water Project have been
             35      legally defined; and
             36          .    expresses support for the development of the Narrows Water Project in Central
             37      Utah.
             38      Special Clauses:
             39          None
             41      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             42          WHEREAS, water is fundamental to the economic base of Central Utah communities
             43      and reliable water storage is necessary for both agricultural and municipal development;
             44          WHEREAS, agricultural and municipal interests in Central Utah, including Sanpete
             45      County, suffer substantial economic hardship because of the lack of water storage facilities;
             46          WHEREAS, in the early 1900s, local, state and federal government officials
             47      acknowledged the need for water storage in Sanpete County and began efforts to develop the
             48      Narrows Water Project;
             49          WHEREAS, reliable studies by multiple expert water engineering firms have
             50      determined the Narrows Water Project to be the least expensive, most cost-effective, and most
             51      environmentally sound means of storing water for Sanpete County;
             52          WHEREAS, various studies, including a recent independent study by Utah State
             53      University, show Sanpete County to be among Utah's most effective users of modern
             54      conservation methods to conserve the water that is presently available to the county;
             55          WHEREAS, the Bureau of Reclamation recognized the need for water storage in
             56      Sanpete County, and as early as the 1930s proposed a plan that would provide water storage for
             57      both Sanpete and Carbon Counties;
             58          WHEREAS, the component of the Bureau of Reclamation's plan that would provide
             59      water storage for Sanpete County was never implemented, initially due to a disruption caused
             60      by World War II, and more recently by various questions regarding ownership of the water;

             61          WHEREAS, numerous judicial decisions have now clearly established and defined the
             62      water rights involved in the Narrows Water Project;
             63          WHEREAS, legal agreements between Sanpete County, Carbon County, the state of
             64      Utah, and various federal entities have recognized Carbon and Sanpete County's water rights
             65      from Gooseberry Creek;
             66          WHEREAS, a necessary component of the Narrows Water Project moving forward will
             67      be National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, and the likelihood of the
             68      compliance will be enhanced by the support of the Legislature and the Governor; and
             69          WHEREAS, the residents of Sanpete County, at great financial sacrifice, have waited
             70      for almost a century for the Narrows Water Project water storage facility that was promised to
             71      them:
             72          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             73      Governor concurring therein, express support for the Narrows Water Project in Central Utah.
             74          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor urge Congress
             75      and the United States Bureau of Reclamation to support the development of the Narrows Water
             76      Project in Central Utah.
             77          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be sent to the Bureau of
             78      Reclamation and to Utah's congressional delegation.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-11-08 4:00 PM

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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