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New Director Named for the State Division of Water Resources

Portrait of Dennis J. Strong
Salt Lake City, Utah — The Utah Department of Natural Resources is pleased to announce the naming of Dennis J. Strong as the new Director of the Division of Water Resources. "I am honored and proud to serve in this new capacity," said Strong. "I am pleased with the confidence that has been expressed to me in this decision and I will work diligently to develop, conserve and protect the water resources in Utah."

Strong has worked in the division for 30 years and has served as the division's deputy director for the past six years. He replaces Larry Anderson, who retired this month after serving 21 years as director.

"Proper water management is critical to Utah," said Mike Styler, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources. "Dennis definitely has his work cut out for him with numerous big projects coming on line. He has the talent and credibility needed to move them forward."

Among his accomplishments, Strong was key in drafting the Lake Powell Pipeline Development Act that was recently signed by Governor Huntsman. He served as project manager for the West Desert Pumping project, and was instrumental in the construction of hundreds of other water projects around the state.

In addition to the Lake Powell Pipeline project, Strong will now oversee the West Desert water dispute with Nevada, the Seven State Colorado River Water Agreement, and many other high profile water issues.

Strong graduated from Brigham Young University in 1973. He is married to the former Connie Hall, and together they have eight children.

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