SALT LAKE CITY (Jan. 14, 2021) — Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced the appointment of Gene Shawcroft as the Utah Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission (UCRC).

The UCRC is an interstate water administrative agency that works with the upper basin states (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) to safeguard their respective water rights and allocations while meeting obligations to the lower basin states (Arizona, California and Nevada).

Shawcroft has more than three decades of experience in the water industry and currently serves as the general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, the largest diverter of Colorado River water for municipal and industrial use in Utah.

“Gene has dedicated his career to the study of the Colorado River,” said Cox. “His knowledge of the river will serve Utah residents well during a critical time in the state’s history – when the basin states are renegotiating the operation and management guidelines of the river. The Colorado River currently provides water to more than 65% of Utah’s population and is a major contributor to the state’s $189 billion economy. The river is one of our most valuable assets and it must be protected.”

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