SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A proposal in the Utah Legislature would greenlight the transfer of nearly $500 million dollars from transportation projects to water projects in a move that could funnel money to the controversial Lake Powell pipeline.
The Utah Senate approved the measure on Friday on a 19-10 vote.
The bill's sponsor, Republican Sen. Stuart Adams of Layton, says ensuring the state's future water supply is more important than funding highway projects.
Sen. Stephen Urquhart of St. George says the state should be ready to step up and help pay for water projects.
One of those projects is the billion-dollar Lake Powell pipeline. It would pull water from the Colorado River to growing southwestern Utah counties. Construction is expected to start in 2020.
Critics say the pipeline may not be needed. They also question who will pay for the project.