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Utah’s Rights to Colorado River Water and the Lake Powell Pipeline

March 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

A Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag

12:00-1:00 p.m., Zoom link – Register here »
All Colorado River basin states have appropriated water rights that are protected by law for use and development. Utah is using approximately half of its legal allocation today. After considering use, reliable supply and climate change impacts, the state is pursing the Lake Powell Pipeline to use an additional 5% of its water right to provide a needed water resource in Utah’s fastest-growing and driest region – southern Utah. Does Utah have the legal right to this water? Does the Lake Powell Pipeline impact other Colorado River basin water rights? Join our speakers as they make the argument supporting the Lake Powell Pipeline project.

1 hour Utah CLE (pending). Free and open to the public.
Due to COVID-19, all Stegner Center events will be virtual during the Spring 2021 semester.

Panelists include:

David Clark, Former Speaker of the House, Utah House of Representatives
David Clark served for more than a decade in the Utah House of Representatives and was elected Majority Leader in 2006 and Speaker of the House in 2008. Clark was the floor sponsor of the 2006 Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act, which authorized the State of Utah to build the Lake Powell Pipeline.

Clark recently retired as a Senior Vice President of International Trade and Finance after a distinguished 40-year career with Zions Bank. Clark is a graduate of Brigham Young University, where he played football under legendary Coach LaVell Edwards, National Commercial Lenders Graduate School and Pacific Coast School of Banking.



Zach Renstrom, General Manager, Washington County Water Conservancy District
Zach Renstrom is the general manager of the Washington County Water Conservancy District, the beneficiary of the Lake Powell Pipeline. Renstrom worked as an attorney in Las Vegas for Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos prior to moving back to his home state of Utah to become a principal owner at a local engineering firm. Renstrom has served as a Washington County Commissioner and board member of several local non-profit organizations. He’s a licensed professional and structural engineer with more than 20 years of experience and a member of the Utah and Nevada State Bar Associations. Renstrom is a graduate of the University of Utah in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Washburn Law School.



This is the second presentation hosted by the Stegner Center this academic year on the Lake Powell Pipeline. In their presentation, David Clark and Zach Renstrom will present the case in favor of the Lake Powell Pipeline. Paul Van Dam, former Utah Attorney General, joined us last semester to make the case against the Lake Powell Pipeline. Mr. Van Dam’s presentation can be viewed on the College of Law YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/9Xbh06PIeZw.


For questions about this event contact Chrystal (801) 213-1317.

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March 11, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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