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Central Utah Project - Capturing Utah’s share of the Colorado River: In this digital collection of 71 oral histories, stakeholders from the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA), the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) and the Ute Nation, join with Utah water users, members of the environmental community and Utah’s political establishment to tell the complex and oftentimes controversial story of the Central Utah Project (CUP). The CUP captures the excess flow of the Duchesne River and its tributaries in the Colorado River Basin of eastern Utah and transfers it to the Wasatch Front through a trans-mountain diversion consisting of pipelines, tunnels and reservoirs. Originally under the purview of the BOR, Congress transferred authority to complete the project to the CUWCD when it passed the unprecedented Central Utah Project Completion Act (P.L. 102-575) on 30 October 1992, which created the Utah Reclamation Mitigation & Conservation Commission to assure environmental compliance. As a result of this legislation the Interior Department created the CUPCA office for oversight.

 

Commissioned by the CUWCD and CUPCA, the oral history project is an effort by Utah State University Library’s Special Collections & Archives to preserve and present this fascinating story and to augment research for the forthcoming book on the CUP by Utah historians Craig Fuller, Robert Parson and Ross Peterson. Randy Williams, USU Fife Folklore Archives Curator and oral history specialist, conducted the interviews (June 2012 - September 2013).

 

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  • Central Utah Project Completion Act Legislation
  • Daniel Beard (House Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power)
  • Steve Lanich (House Committee on Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Water and Power, Aide)
  • Contractors
  • Rock Harrison (Tiger Construction)
  • James Maxwell (Miner)
  • Lee Wimmer (Horrocks Engineers)
  • Elected Officials
  • Robert Bennett (U.S. Senator, Utah)
  • Randy Brailsford (Salem City Mayor and South County Mayor’s Group)
  • Government Officials
  • Michael Davis (Wasatch County Manager)
  • Lee Wimmer (City Engineer - Alpine, Utah)
  • Irrigation Companies
  • Claude Hicken (Wasatch Irrigation Co., Wasatch Extension Irrigation Co., Center Creek Irrigation Co.)
  • Lynne and Carolyn Winterson (Dry Gulch Irrigation Company)
  • Legal Counsel
  • Don Brown (Sevier County and Millard County)
  • Lobbyists
  • Marcus Faust (Central Utah Water Conservancy District)
  • River Commissioner
  • San Roberts (Provo River)
  • Special Interest Groups/Environmentalists
  • David Conrad (American Rivers Association and National Wildlife Federation)
  • Lillian Hayes (Sierra Club and Utah League of Women Voters)
  • U.S. Department of Interior
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs
      • Lynn Hansen
    • Bureau of Reclamation
      • Bruce Barrett
      • Reed Murray
    • Central Utah Project Completion Act Office
      • Reed Murray
    • Central Utah Project Completion Act Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission
      • Mike Weland
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    • Steve Lanich
  • Water Conservancy Districts
    • Central Utah Water Conservancy District
  • Water Districts
    • Kirk Christensen (Upper Country Water District)
  • Water User Associations
  • Gary Aitken (Strawberry Water Users Association)
  • Michael Davis (Heber Valley Water Users Association)
 
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