Colorado River Basin Project Act
On September 30, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States, signed into law the Colorado River Basin Project Act. This law authorized the construction of what is today known as Central Arizona Project (CAP). The 336-mile system delivers water to central and southern Arizona.
Colorado River Basin Project Act 50th Anniversary
“Next to the air we breathe, water is our most precious resource.” – President Lyndon B. Johnson, Sept. 30, 1968
Colorado River Basin Project Act at 50: Looking Forward
Hear from CAP stakeholders regarding the value of CAP water over the past 50 years and, most importantly, over the next 50 years and beyond.
“For two decades, the Colorado River has been the subject of unrelenting controversy and competing claims.”
CAP’s staff and elected board of directors are building on the legacy of what past generations were able to fund and build.
“This will be one of the largest reclamation projects ever authorized in any single piece of legislation.”
CAP is a 336-mile long system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants and pipelines delivering water to central and southern Arizona.
“For an entire region of America, this great river, therefore, is the lifeline of survival, the lifeline of growth, of prosperity and of hope.”
More than 40 million people rely on Colorado River water every day throughout the basin.
Quotes taken from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s speech upon signing the Colorado River Basin Project Act, Sept. 30, 1968