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Utah’s key reservoirs are accomplishing what was intended when they were designed and built . . .and we can all be grateful for that.

Even though many farmers are struggling and a disaster declaration has been issued, after six years of drought, water remains available for the masses. Indeed, times such as these prompt us to reflect on the visionary decisions made by earlier generations of Utahns.

Vital reclamation efforts such as the Colorado River Storage Project and the Central Utah Project didn’t happen easily. 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 water storage and distributions facilities, KSL encourages greater appreciation for what they gave 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 endure the drought and then continue to grow as projected.

Once the drought snaps and normal moisture returns, experts say it will take years to fully replenish the reservoirs. Even with a vast storage system, water, in our semi-arid region, is something that can never be taken for granted. It must always be used wisely.

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