Gov. Norm Bangerter called passage of the Central Utah water project legislation Thursday a "major accomplishment for Utah, and he thanked the state's congressional delegation for its work in getting it passed.
"I would particularly like to thank Sen. Jake Garn for hanging in there over so many years," Ban-gerter said.Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, also congratulated Garn and the delegation. "It was total bipartisanship with no profit-taking by anyone," said Owens, who carried the legislation in the House.
"Not only does it provide 60 years of water for Salt Lake and Utah counties, it does more for fishing and wildlife than previous legislation. It is the most environmentally sensitive of any water project to pass Congress."
Nick Sefakis, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake City, said the CUP will be a major improvement for water delivery in Utah as it brings the state's share of Colorado River water to the Wasatch Front. The metropolitan district has petitioned for 20,000 acre feet of CUP water by the year 2005.
"We've all been on pins and needles here, wondering what the situation was. We are pleased the bill went through," he said.
David Ovard, general manager of the Salt Lake County Water Conservancy District, said the bill's passage was good news.