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Sept. 11 hearing set on 7 water projects

Federal funding on recommendations

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OREM — The Central Utah Water Conservancy District will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Sept. 11, to discuss water projects recently approved to receive federal funding.

A district committee has ranked seven projects in order of priority. Actual funding will be determined by the amount allocated for such projects in the 2004 fiscal budget approved by Congress.

D. Heath Clark, acting project manager, said the committee meets once a year to evaluate and rank the projects. Projects on the 2004 list must meet water conservation guidelines, receive environmental clearance and be approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Federal funding is for 65 percent of each project's cost, he said. The remainder of the funding comes from project sponsors.

Utah County and Salt Lake County projects in order of ranking include:

Jordan Valley Water Conservation District's ongoing education project, $200,000.

A canal piping project through the Provo River Bottoms to 1200 South, $1.8 million.

Pleasant Grove secondary irrigation project, $5 million over three years. First-year funding would total $2 million, and $1.5 million each year in 2005 and 2006.

Payson reimbursement for its secondary irrigation project, $2.5 million ($500,000 each year for five years). The city is eligible for reimbursement because its system was built after the water district took over the Central Utah Water Project from the Bureau of Reclamation in 1993, Clark said.

Projects not recommended for funding are the South Jordan City secondary water system, $4.2 million; Levan West sprinkler project, $1.7 million; and the Strawberry Valley Power Canal improvement project, $1.6 million.

There Sanpete County projects have been recommended for funding totaling $1.1 million.

Projects that are selected must enter into contracts with the water district within 60 days of funding notification. The program was developed a decade ago to meet conservation goals as required by the Central Utah Project Completion Act.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the district headquarters board room, 255 W. University Parkway, Orem. Public comment on the recommendations will be accepted from Sept. 12 through Oct. 17 at district headquarters.

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