On Tuesday, August 23, 2022 Congressman Blake Moore visited Summit County to tour the Weber River Watershed Resilience project and meet with High Valley Transit District, both of which are initiatives he has helped secure funding for. Learn more about Congressman Moore's visit below.
Weber River Watershed Resilience Project
Summit County’s Public Lands office, which is headed by Jessica Kirby, has been working on a cross-boundary, landscape-scale fire mitigation and watershed restoration project in the headwaters of the Weber River. The project is in partnership with the US Forest Service, local water districts, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
The project is garnering attention statewide and at the federal level as the partnership works to build a fund for fuel reduction treatments to make the watershed more resilient to catastrophic wildfire, preserving this critical drinking water source for residents of Summit County and those downstream communities.
On August 23, Summit County Council members, staff, and representatives from Weber Basin Water Conservancy District and Mountain Regional Water Special Service District, hosted Congressman Blake Moore, for a tour of the watershed to get a closer look at the Weber River Watershed Resilience Project. The purpose of this outing was to showcase Summit County's collaboration and strong partnerships around watershed restoration, forest health, and to bring attention to the need to address wildfire mitigation within the headwaters of western Summit County’s drinking water supply.
Congressman Moore has secured $1 million for this project in the House Fiscal Year 2023 Interior and the Environmental Appropriations bill.
Thank you, Congressman Moore, for your time and your dedication to improving wildfire prevention efforts in our community.
High Valley Transit District
During his visit to Summit County, Congressman Blake Moore met with #teamHVT, including our Executive Director, Caroline Rodriguez and Board Vice Chair, David Geffen, as well as members of Summit County Council and County Staff.
Together, the group toured the site where the brand new HVT Operations and Maintenance facility will soon be built (as seen in slides 2 and 3). Then, they drove the S.R. 224 corridor to talk more about the upcoming Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project (as seen in slide 4).
Congressman Moore was a key player in helping to secure funding for the S.R. 224 BRT project, specifically the $25 million federal RAISE grant Summit County and High Valley Transit were awarded earlier this month.
Thank you, Congressman Moore, for your time and your ongoing support of HVT’s mission to provide safe, friendly, efficient, and easily accessible public transit solutions for the Wasatch Back.