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Utah Valley’s Independent

Citizen Environmental Organization

responsible stewardship for

healthy families and a healthy environment

Please use the button at left to DONATE to the UVEF and to pay for memberships. Regular membership is just $10 per calendar year. Students and seniors 65 and over are $5. Thank You!

Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?

An Interview with a Christian Climate Scientist

Provo/Orem Area (Utah Valley) Air Quality

Ranked Dirtiest in America

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We won’t have lasting clean air and a healthy planet without switching from polluting coal and oil to clean, safe renewable energy to power our vehicles, homes and businesses. Our state government has the power to really clean the air. The quickest and best way to clean our air is to elect a “clean air/clean energy” legislature and executive. Until that happens, insufficient progress will be made.

The UVEF Clean Air Billboard Messaging Campaign Continues in SL and UT Counties

At times, the U.S. EPA reports Utah Valley’s air is the worst in the entire nation! Having very bad air pollution damages us and our families, shortens our lives, makes us sick, costs us money, hurts business, damages our reputation and our economy. It blocks our view of the beautiful nature that surrounds us. We must stop polluting the air! How? Most importantly (1) we need to elect only leaders who “get it” and will take the necessary actions to make it happen, with no excuses. And (2) we must switch from dirty fossil fuel energy to clean energy such as the sun and wind, and make sure our wastes get fully recycled. Click to see our suggested solutions.

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The Utah Valley Earth Forum’s 2018

Environmental Stewardship Survey

of All Utah Valley Communities

Who Needs Science Anymore?

UVEF Guide to

Responsible Stewardship

When it comes to being truly responsible stewards of Creation—the air, water

and land, the environment, the planet—virtually no one in our culture behaves completely as we should. Directly or indirectly, we all pollute, generate waste and harm natural resources. But we should and must become much better, more responsible stewards if we are to diminish both the damage we are doing to Creation and, in the process, the harm we inflict on others, ourselves and the planet.

The UVEF has prepared a downloadable, simplified, straightforward guide for responsible personal stewardship of Creation, the environment, the planet.

Available at


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Our recent public forum focused on the proposed private-developer “restoration” of Utah Lake linked to the subsequent construction of nearly 20,000 acres of privately-owned island communities for up to a half million people (2.5 times the current size of Salt Lake City) to be built in the middle and around Utah Lake. The proposal includes killing all life in the lake and most of the non-native plant life along its shoreline before “reintroducing” native species. The proposal includes building multiple causeways across the lake opening up the west side of the Lake to rapid development. To view the developer’s lengthy brochure-like proposal click here. To view some of the objections to the proposal click these two links, here and here.

A UVEF team of experts is analyzing the proposal. We are looking at alternatives and are working to ensure the Lake is treated in a manner that will respect, protect and improve its well being as a valuable public trust. Please email us with your Lake-related questions or comments at

Private Island Cities in Utah Lake?

High-Quality Affordable Rooftop Solar

We have an ongoing solar program with a top-of-the-line solar company to help Utah Valley residents and businesses purchase high-end rooftop solar installations at very large savings with a 25 year warranty on parts and labor. Clean, safe, responsible, renewable solar energy will help clean the air, improve the environment and dramatically cut energy bills in the process. Contact us for details.

Utah County gets an F again for ozone. Salt Lake/Utah County rated 8th worst metro area in the nation for short term particle air pollution.

Source: the American Lung Association’s 2018 ranking.


To DOWNLOAD a copy of written answers to our

10 environmental questions provided by 6 candidates

please click HERE.

UVEF Hosts First Ever in Utah Valley

Environmental Meet the Candidates Event

The Utah Valley Earth Forum had quite a productive "Environmental Meet the Candidates" event at the Provo Library Wednesday night. Five congressional candidates participated including (R to L in top photo) James Singer, Jenny Wilson, Craig Duerden, Tim Zeidner and Adam Davis. Copies of 6 candidates written responses to our 10 environmental questions sent to us in advance are downloadable via

The EMPTY CHAIR (lower right image) represents the invited candidates who did NOT participate, including Gov. Romney, Reps. Curtis and Love (she did submit written answers), Mayor McAdams and several other candidates.

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January 23 UVEF Forum

Our January 23 Forum topic is wildfires in Utah. It should be one "hot" event! We expect to have a lively discussion about the subject and the best ways to deal with it.

A panel discussion will address the following questions. Has there been an increase in the frequency, intensity, and the damage caused by Utah wildfires? If so, what is driving these changes? How should the state of Utah and Utah communities build resilience to wildfires?

Confirmed panelists include Marc Coles-Ritchie (Utah Forest Programs Associate, Grand Canyon Trust), Jason Curry (Public Information Officer, Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands), and Stanley Kitchen (Research Botanist, U.S. Forest Service).

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Steven Emerman, a retired hydrology professor from Utah Valley University and a member of the UVEF Board of Directors.

  WHAT   Forum on “Are Utah Wildfires the New Normal?”

WHERE   Orem Public Library

  WHEN   Wednesday, January 23 at 7pm