Governor Herbert’s State Water Strategy Advisory Team has revealed a draft version of their 50-year state Water Strategy Recommendations, which is four years in the making. According to the team, “This long-range strategy will help ensure Utah has the water resources that will maintain a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and a thriving economy for generations to come even as Utah’s population doubles by 2060.”
Although the process has included public comment and participation, some decisions have been made in the shadows. The last chance for the public to weigh in is TOMORROW MORNING.
Highlights of the plan:
- Acknowledgement of and a plan for water conservation in one of the nation’s driest states with some of the nation’s top consumers per capita
- Acknowledgement of a changing climate with rising temperatures impacting water availability
Lowlights of the plan:
- Recommendation to move forward with the Lake Powell Pipeline
- Recommendation to continue development on the Bear River, which in turn creates an enormous air quality problem in the Wasatch Front air shed
CALL TO ACTION
- Check out the draft of the team’s Recommended Water Strategy here.
- Attend the meeting (and give public comment if you want) on Wednesday, June 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the state office building auditorium at the Capitol (350 N. State Street, State Office Building Auditorium, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114). Following the public comments meeting, the advisory team will deliberate further to establish the final language of the recommendations.