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Upper Colorado Region
Salt Lake City, Utah
Media Contact:
Doug Hendrix
(801) 524-3837

Released On: June 30, 2003

Reclamation to Host Water 2025 Conference In Salt Lake City
On Wednesday, July 16, 2003, Reclamation will host a half-day conference aimed at bringing together national policy makers, state and city government officials, local business leaders and the general public to discuss ways of preventing the critical water supply problems facing many communities located along the Colorado River system.

The Water 2025 conference will be held at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center located at 255 South West Temple, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MDT. The meeting will take place in Grand Ballroom C, located on the hotel's second floor.

There is no charge for attending the meeting, although pre-registration is required. Information on registration and background on the Water 2025 plan can be found at www.usbr.gov/uc (click on the Water 2025 conference icon located to the right). An updated agenda, listing keynote speakers and panelists, is posted on the site.

Water 2025 is a commitment to work with and support Western governors and local communities as they carry out realistic, community-based solutions. Reclamation, through the Department of the Interior, will focus scarce federal dollars and technical resources where they provide the greatest benefits. President Bush's FY 2004 budget calls for an initial investment of $11 million for these efforts.

The goals of the conferences are to identify the watersheds with the greatest potential risk of inadequate water supply in the next 25 years, evaluate the most effective ways of addressing water supply challenges, and recommend cooperative planning approaches and tools that have the most likelihood of success.

Following the Salt Lake City conference, additional conferences will be held in Boise, Idaho, July 17; Billings, Montana, July 29; Albuquerque, New Mexico, August 12; and Austin, Texas, August 14. Previous meetings took place in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Sacramento.

Details of the entire Water 2025 proposal may be found at www.doi.gov/water2025.

Questions regarding the event should be directed to Doug Hendrix, Upper Colorado Region Public Affairs Specialist, Phone: (801) 524-3837.

Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits.

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Reclamation is the largest wholesale water supplier and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the United States, with operations and facilities in the 17 Western States. Its facilities also provide substantial flood control, recreation, and fish and wildlife benefits. Visit our website at www.usbr.gov.