SRP president talks history with The Rotary Club of Scottsdale

David Rousseau, president of Salt River Project, recently spoke to members of The Rotary Club of Scottsdale.

The meeting was held at the Scottsdale McCormick Lakeside Ballroom.

From left, John Thornton, David Rousseau and Club President Mary Blank ready for club's SRP program.

From left, John Thornton, David Rousseau and Club President Mary Blank ready for club’s SRP program.

Mr. Rousseau is a fourth-generation Arizonan. In late 1800s his family was drawn to Arizona by the promise of irrigated agriculture.

After serving on the SRP council and board for 20 years, Mr. Rousseau was elected SRP president in 2010. His great-grandfather, LD Rousseau, served on the original SRP council, which successfully petitioned the federal government to build Roosevelt Dam under the newly adopted Reclamation Act.  Mr. Rousseau oversaw the commemoration of Roosevelt Dam’s first century.

During his talk Mr. Rousseau, talked about SRP’s history (founded in 1903), impact on urbanization, renewable energy and geo-thermal projects, solar investments, water storage/banking and other topic related to SRP.

SRP is the oldest multi-purpose federal reclamation project in the United States. As one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, SRP provides electricity and water to more than 2 million people in Central Arizona.

Today the SRP power district is one of the nation’s largest public power utilities. SRP’s retail customers are within a 2,900-square-mile service area that spans three Arizona counties, including most of the metropolitan Phoenix area. SRP’s water business is one of the largest raw-water suppliers in Arizona – delivering about 800,000 acre-feet of water annually to a 375-square-mile service area.

SRP manages a 13,000-square-mile watershed that includes an extensive system of reservoirs, wells, canals and irrigation laterals.

Andy Markam, tournament director of 2017 Waste Management Phoenix Open, will be the featured speaker Dec. 12. The club’s holiday party with pianist Nicole Pesce entertaining will be held Dec. 19.

For more information, www.scottsdalerotary.org.

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