Utah governor says 50-year water plan marks new beginning

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It took more than four years, but Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's Water Strategy Advisory Team finally completed the state's new 50-year water management plan.

Herbert on Wednesday accepted the "Recommended Water Strategy" report that maps out a plan for using water over the coming decades in Utah.

Herbert offered high praise for the strategy's authors, calling their effort unprecedented and holding it up as a "model of cooperation and collaboration for the rest of nation."

The 106-page plan empathizes the importance of conservation and could herald an overhaul of the state's water-pricing structure, but still calls for two expensive water projects.

The plan recommends the construction of both the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Project, each estimated to cost more than $1 billion.

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