Washington • Gov. Gary Herbert pressed President Barack Obama on Monday to help the Western United States deal with another drought season that could harm farmers, businesses and cities this summer.
Herbert met with Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and several Cabinet members as part of a delegation of governors from the across the country. For Herbert, water was the No. 1 issue.
He told Obama that the state needed more funding for completing the Central Utah Project, which collects and stores water for the Wasatch Front, though there were no guarantees that flowed from the White House.
"There was nothing like, 'hey, we're going to fix the drought; we're going to make sure we seed the clouds and we'll have more rainfall.' It wasn't that," Herbert said. "It was a matter of, 'whether you believe in climate change or not, we're going to have less water, less snowpack so you better prepare for it.'"