American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for CUPCA
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding for the Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA) provides an opportunity for the CUPCA program to accelerate work on projects that were previously planned, designed, and which are key to meeting the goals and objectives of CUPCA while supporting the creation of jobs and helping to stimulate the economy.
Title VII of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 states: "That $50,000,000 of the funds provided under this heading may be transferred to the Department of the Interior for programs, projects and activities authorized by the Central Utah Project Completion." On April 15, 2009, the Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced $50 million for CUPCA stating: "This investment in the Central Utah Project will help stimulate the local economy, protect and restore the environment, and support our commitment to Native Americans and rural communities," The funds were approved for three program areas consisting of nine projects.
On May 29, 2009, Interior's CUPCA office entered into an agreement with the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission under which Interior will provide $8,730,000 of Recovery Act funds to the Mitigation Commission to meet its objectives of implementing projects to offset the impacts to fish, wildlife and related recreation resources caused by CUP and other federal reclamation projects in Utah. The Mitigation Commission will use these funds for the improvement of fish hatcheries, recovery of endangered species, and wetlands development. More detailed information regarding ARRA funds being implemented by the Mitigation Commission can be found at: http://www.mitigationcommission.gov/recovery/recovery.htm.
On June 1, 2009, Interior's CUPCA office entered into an agreement with the Central Utah Water Conservancy District under which Interior will provide $41 million to the CUWCD for continued construction of the Utah Lake System which is a feature of the Bonneville Unit, CUP. The Utah Lake System is a water conveyance system which will convey 60,000 acre-feet of water from existing CUP reservoirs to meet the needs of over 240,000 people in Salt Lake and Utah counties. Recovery Act funds would be used to continue construction of the Utah Lake System by building new reaches of pipeline. More detailed information regarding ARRA funds being implemented by the Mitigation Commission can be found at: http://www.cuwcd.com/recovery/index.html.
On December 1, 2009, Interior's CUPCA office entered into an agreement with the Green River Greenbelt Task Force under which Interior will provide $270,000 for continued development of the Killdeer Wetlands Project. The Greenbelt Task Force will use the ARRA funds to help provide sufficient water to improve and sustain urban wetlands adjacent to the Green River in the town of Green River, Wyoming.