Assistant Secretary Beaudreau Highlights Bipartisan Investments in Water Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration During Visit to Utah
When: Thursday, February 10, 2022
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Salt Lake City, UT – Assistant Secretary of the Interior Tommy Beaudreau today traveled to Utah County, where he toured water infrastructure and ecosystem restoration projects funded by President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act . $50 million is available through the Central Utah Project Completion Act infrastructure law to accelerate construction of water supply systems that will provide clean, reliable drinking water to more than 100,000 residents of Utah and complete the Provo River Delta Restoration Project, providing habitat restoration for an endangered species. fish species and improving recreational access to the region’s natural environment.
“Investments in Utah from President Biden’s bipartisan Infrastructure Act will have far-reaching impacts on state residents, unique ecosystems, and local wildlife,” Assistant Secretary Beaudreau noted. “I am proud of the work the Department of the Interior is undertaking with local, state and tribal communities and we will ensure that these communities have the resources they need to address the climate crisis, create well-organized union jobs remunerated, advance environmental justice and boost local economies.
In Provo, Deputy Secretary Beaudreau visited the Provo Delta Restoration Project. In addition to restoring the area’s natural ecosystem and enhancing recreational experiences along the Lower Provo River, the Provo Delta Restoration Project will contribute to the recovery of the endangered longnose sucker. In Orem, Undersecretary Beaudreau toured the construction of the Utah Lake System pipelines, where he learned about how the Infrastructure Act helps expedite the construction of critical water systems.
Recently, the Department announced a total of $40 million for the Central Utah Project Completion Account and $10 million for the Mitigation and Conservation Account. These allocations include $38.2 million for the Utah Lake system, including construction of South Fields Reach 2 and Salem Reach 1; $4.3 million to complete construction of the Provo Delta Restoration Project; $3 million for construction of the Provo Lakeview Boardwalk and Trail; and $2.7 million for construction of the Provo River Delta Gateway Park.