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January 17, 2006
Olivia Ferriter

Reed R. Murray Named Program Director for Central Utah Project Completion Act Office

WASHINGTON -- Reed R. Murray of Orem, Utah, has been selected as the new program director for the Central Utah Project Completion Act Office. The announcement was made by Mark Limbaugh, assistant secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior. Murray is the office's second program director, replacing Ronald Johnston, who recently retired.

"Reed has served as deputy program director and is well-suited to be our new director," said Limbaugh. "He understands the needs of our partners and stakeholders, has tremendous experience in water resource management and is dedicated to the mission of completing the Central Utah Project."

Murray began his career with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in 1982 as a student engineering technician. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1986 and worked for Reclamation in increasingly responsible positions in water resource management in the Provo, Salt Lake City, and Washington, D.C., offices. Murray began work with the Central Utah Project Completion Act Office in Provo in 1994. The office reports to the Interior Secretary through the assistant secretary for Water and Science.

Murray helped to develop the Water Management Improvement Program which has provided grants to 37 conservation projects resulting in the conservation of more than 90,000 acre-feet of water each year in Utah. He has played a key role in the planning, environmental compliance and construction activities for the Wasatch County Water Efficiency Project, the Diamond Fork System, and most recently, the planned Utah Lake System which will deliver more than 100,000 acre-feet of water to the Wasatch Front. He has spearheaded strategic planning and performance efforts for the Central Utah Project Completion Act Office and is skilled in budget development.

Murray and his wife Kerry, currently reside in Orem, Utah, with their five children.