The Utah Legislature recently created the Colorado River Authority to help the state coordinate with other Colorado River Basin States to navigate the resource for its best use in the thirsty west.

Gene Shawcroft, Utah’s Colorado River Commissioner, joins the program to discuss the new commission and what it means for water in Utah.


00:45 Intro, Water in the west and the Colorado River Compact 1922
05:53 Colorado River Authority
12:40 Colorado River and the Wasatch Front
15:25 Lake Powell Pipeline
17:29 Drought declarations and what do we do?

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Host Chad Booth
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ABOUT THE COUNTY SEAT: The County Seat is a public affairs program about the functions and issues of county elected officials and county government in UTAH. The County Seat is designed to provide the essentials to being an informed and engaged citizens in what we view as the most important level of government to daily life, county government. Topics range from the life of a ballot to the wild horses on public lands. The majority of Utah’s 29 counties are rural with a concentration of urban issues along the Wasatch Front. This dynamic lends an interesting twist to the show where we highlight a number of rural issues that the majority of Utahns may not be as familiar with. #CountiesMatter #CoutySeatS11E20

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