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Utah Bill Creating Controversial Water Agency Sent to Governor

March 5, 2021, 1:05 AM

Utah lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a bill creating a controversial new water agency, saying it’s urgently needed for the state to defend its rights to Colorado River water from threats by surrounding states.

The House vote 62 to 11 to concur with Senate amendments to the measure (H.B. 297), sponsored by House Speaker Brad Wilson (R) and Senate President Stuart Adams (R), sending it to Gov. Spencer Cox (R), who is expected to sign it.

Proponents said the new Colorado River Authority is necessary to preserve and protect water rights ...