Summer Water Smarts

Congressman Jim Matheson
2014-07-25 16:41:40
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, Since the arrival of the first explorers, pioneers, and immigrants to the Salt Lake Valley, reliable water resources have been critical to Utah�s rapidly growing population. As the second most arid state in the country, a stable source of water is critical to our livelihood. Fortunately, we are beneficiaries of the foresight of previous generations, who took steps to contain and secure our water. Over the years, wise investments in this infrastructure have made life in the West possible. It is now our responsibility to maintain this stewardship so that future generations can also enjoy access to adequate water supplies. In June, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act was signed into law by the President. I am pleased to have supported this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct, operate, and maintain water projects throughout the country. These include dam construction, port and waterway maintenance, flood management, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane mitigation. I believe this act continues the vision of Utah�s first settlers. Given Utah�s desert climate, our quality of life is dependent on a clean, reliable water supply, which in turn depends on adequate state and federal investments. The Army Corps of Engineers plays a vital role in maintaining the safety of dams throughout Utah. Not only does the upkeep of dams provide us with recreation, hydroelectric power, and agricultural water, it also plays an essential part in the water collection efforts of conservancy districts throughout the state. Investments made under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act help develop the sources that these districts depend on to continue delivering water to our homes. Summer is a good time to remember the importance of conserving water. One of our largest local water districts is the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, which treats and delivers water throughout Salt Lake and Utah counties. It also maintains the Conversation Garden Park in West Jordan. This interactive garden is meant to inspire, educate, and empower communities and residents to be water wise. The garden uses native plants to demonstrate landscape options that are suitable to our climate. In addition, it offers free landscaping classes and maintains an extensive plant database as a reference guide for visitors. For more information on the Conservation Garden and other Jordan Valley Conservancy resources, visit conservationgardenpark.org. I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please�let me know areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Rep. Jim Matheson U.S. Representative 4th District of Utah � Contact information: Website: matheson.house.gov Washington, DC Office 2211 Rayburn HOB Washington, DC 20515 Phone - (202) 225-3011 Fax - (202) 225-5638 Utah District Office 9067 South 1300 West Suite 101 West Jordan, UT 84088 Phone - (801) 486-1236 Fax - (801) 486-1417 Unsubscribe: matheson.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm Privacy Policy: matheson.house.gov/Privacy-Policy
July 25, 2014

Dear Friend,

Since the arrival of the first explorers, pioneers, and immigrants to the Salt Lake Valley, reliable water resources have been critical to Utah�s rapidly growing population. As the second most arid state in the country, a stable source of water is critical to our livelihood. Fortunately, we are beneficiaries of the foresight of previous generations, who took steps to contain and secure our water. Over the years, wise investments in this infrastructure have made life in the West possible. It is now our responsibility to maintain this stewardship so that future generations can also enjoy access to adequate water supplies.

In June, the was signed into law by the President. I am pleased to have supported this overwhelmingly bipartisan bill which authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to construct, operate, and maintain water projects throughout the country. These include dam construction, port and waterway maintenance, flood management, ecosystem restoration, and hurricane mitigation. I believe this act continues the vision of Utah�s first settlers. Given Utah�s desert climate, our quality of life is dependent on a clean, reliable water supply, which in turn depends on adequate state and federal investments.

The Army Corps of Engineers plays a vital role in maintaining the safety of dams throughout Utah. Not only does the upkeep of dams provide us with recreation, hydroelectric power, and agricultural water, it also plays an essential part in the water collection efforts of conservancy districts throughout the state. Investments made under the Water Resources Reform and Development Act help develop the sources that these districts depend on to continue delivering water to our homes.

Summer is a good time to remember the importance of conserving water. One of our largest local water districts is the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, which treats and delivers water throughout Salt Lake and Utah counties. It also maintains the Conversation Garden Park in West Jordan. This interactive garden is meant to inspire, educate, and empower communities and residents to be water wise. The garden uses native plants to demonstrate landscape options that are suitable to our climate. In addition, it offers free landscaping classes and maintains an extensive plant database as a reference guide for visitors. For more information on the Conservation Garden and other Jordan Valley Conservancy resources, visit I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community. Please  areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information. I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.

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