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We are experiencing another extremely dry year here in Utah. Yet, we have enough water to drink, our lawns, mostly, are green, and summer recreation includes a lot of boat trips to nearby lakes.
It's quite remarkable, given so many recent years of drought.
Foremost, it's a tribute to those of earlier generations who had the foresight to push such enormous reclamation efforts as the Central Utah Project and the Colorado River Storage Project. Funding and eventual construction came only after intense political battles, often in the face of bitter opposition. Yet, good judgment prevailed and the people of Utah now are the beneficiaries of decades of work.
In deference to those who fought to build the region's current water storage and distribution facilities, KSL encourages greater appreciation for what they have given us. Utahns must not become complacent in efforts to conserve this most precious commodity. "Slow the flow" remains a viable slogan if Utah is to continue to grow as projected while coping with extended periods of drought.
Although a vast storage system is in place and new projects are in various stages of planning, water in our semi-arid region is something that must never be taken for granted. It should always be appreciated and used wisely.