Colorado River Fundamentals: Understanding Utah’s Transbasin Diversions

By Christian Stewart | November 8, 2022
Decorative image of straight canal carrying transbasin water
Transbasin diversions transfer water from the Colorado River basin to the Great Basin, including the populations of the Wasatch Front. These transfers are considered to be vital to maintain the health of Utah’s economy and to guarantee a secure water supply for Utah’s growing population, but are sometimes controversial, and have significant ecological impact. Because transbasin diversions provide a physical connection between Utah’s largest cities and the Colorado River, Utah municipalities, agriculture, and ecosystems will be increasingly shaped by the fate of the Colorado River.  Learn more about Transbasin Diversions in Utah from this short fact sheet.

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