Chaffetz, Hatch Sponsored Legislation Clears the Senate, Heads to White House

Jul 10, 2014

Washington, D.C. – Legislation sponsored by Congressman Jason Chaffetz and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch passed unanimously through the Senate. H.R. 255, the Provo River Title Transfer Act, clarifies existing language in the Provo River Project Transfer Act. The bill is now on its way to the White House where the President is expected to sign the legislation into law.

H.R. 255 updates the Provo River Title Transfer Act by striking the term “canal” and replacing it with “water conveyance facility historically known as the Provo Reservoir Canal”. 

“The Provo River transfer has produced a variety of win-win outcomes including enhancing local management and control of critical infrastructure, shielding federal taxpayers from future costs and risk, and facilitating outdoor recreation in Utah County. This bill solidifies and completes the transfer as originally intended. I am grateful for the Provo River Water Users and Senator Hatch for their hard work in getting this bill across the finish line," said Chaffetz.

During the 108th Congress, lawmakers authorized a transfer of the Provo Reservoir Canal from federal control to the local Provo River Water Users Association. The local water authority has since enclosed the canal using non-federal dollars in an effort to enhance water delivery, safety, and outdoor recreation.

The Bureau of Reclamation notified the local water authority that the original law authorizing title transfer needed to be updated because the original law refers to an open canal which is now enclosed.  HR 255 would update the Provo River Title Transfer Act to reflect the recent enclosure, thus solidifying and completing the transfer. 

This legislation passed the House in 2013 by a unanimous vote of 406 – 0.