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Utah water project to get $50 million
April 15, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A long-planned project to funnel water from the Uinta Basin to the Wasatch Front will get $50 million in federal stimulus money.

The Department of Interior says about $41 million will go toward construction of pipelines to get more water to Utah and Salt Lake counties.

The Central Utah Project is anticipated to eventually bring more than 100,000 acre feet of Colorado River water per year to the area, roughly enough to meet the demands of about 100,000 households.

Department officials say the other $9 million will help pay for construction of a Ute Indian fish hatchery and other fish and wildlife projects. Other funds will go toward helping the endangered June sucker in Utah Lake.

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