About the Central Utah Project Completion Act Office

The Central Utah Project Completion Act Office  (CUPCAO ) in Provo, Utah, was created in 1993 to oversee completion of the Central Utah Project (CUP). Staffed by a small team of professionals, the office provides important liaison between the Department of the Interior, the Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD), the Utah Reclamation Mitigation and Conservation Commission (URMCC), the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), and other key federal and state agencies involved with completion of the CUP.

The CUPCAO prepares and submits the annual CUP budget requests and tracks expenditures; reviews and approves construction plans and specifications; and determines the ultimate policies regarding the myriad of water resource matters associated with progress on the CUP.  Operation and maintenance of the completed project and the marketing of water developed by the project are also under the purview of the CUPCAO.  Of particular importance, the CUPCAO ensures compliance with all applicable federal environmental laws and regulations such as the Endangered Species Act, Historic Preservation Act and Clean Water Act.  

The Central Utah Project Completion Act (CUPCA) (P.L. 102-575) enacted on October 30, 1992, transferred all responsibility and authority to complete the construction of the CUP to the CUWCD. In addition, it established the Utah Reclamation Mitigation Conservation Commission (URMCC) to coordinate mitigation and conservation activities for the project. The Department of the Interior retained oversight responsibility and ultimate authority to ensure completion and future operation of the project in accordance with federal laws, regulations, and policies.

In addition, the CUPCA outlined many new authorities that go beyond construction of the CUP itself, that are the responsibility of the CUPCAO to direct and oversee. These include planning and implementation of water conservation measures and projects within Utah; settlement of long-standing water rights issues with the Ute Indian Tribe; development of alternative water facilities and grants of funds to rural Utah communities in lieu of CUP facilities originally planned, but not constructed, etc.