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1. Bears Ears Forum Reached 10,000

The UVEF conducts numerous educational forums each year including a recent packed-house event on a highly contentious federal bill that would permanently and greatly downsize Bears Ears National Monument (BENM)— federal land held in trust for ALL Americans and considered sacred by five sovereign Native Tribes. The bill would give increased control of federal land to the state and some local individuals, but not to the Tribes. All five Tribes strongly oppose downsizing BENM, as does the UVEF. Our live-streamed Q&A of the forum reached over 10,000 people. You can take action to help BENM and the 5 Tribes at these two web sites (SUWA and UDB). You can take action to help Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument at this website.

2. City Islands in Utah Lake?

Our May 15 public forum focused on the proposed private-developer “restoration” of Utah Lake and the subsequent construction of privately owned island communities for up to half a million people (2.5 times the current size of Salt Lake City) to be built in the middle of Utah Lake. The proposal includes killing all the fish life in the lake and almost all the invasive plant life along its shoreline before reintroducing native species. The proposal includes building multiple causeways across the lake, opening up the West Side of Utah Lake to rapid development. An authoritative panel examined the proposal’s effect on the Lake, its watershed, Utah Valley and the environment. Audience questions and comments were welcomed. The forum was on May 15 at the Orem Public Library. To view the developer’s lengthy proposal click here. To view some of the objections to the proposal click these two links, here and here.


The developer has agreed to a followup forum with a different format sometime in the near future. The new format will allow the developer and those who question the proposal  more time to present their respective cases. Join our email list to hear when the new forum will take place.

 

3. Water Use & Lake Powell Pipeline

We're supporting a future forum in Salt Lake City that will focus on water use and critical water issues in Utah, including the proposed Lake Powell pipeline to promote growth and profits for developers in St. George and Washington County, and which has and will cost many millions and further drain the already diminishing Colorado River.

  1. 4.Environmental Stewardship Survey

Prudent, responsible stewardship of the environment is not only good for our health and quality of life—it’s also good for our economy. People prefer to live, raise families, recreate and do business in clean, healthy communities while avoiding those which are not. So how  do we know which Utah Valley communities are doing what to make our families, our citizens and our valley healthier and more livable?

To fill this need, the Utah Valley Earth Forum (UVEF.org), the valley’s independent, citizen, environmental organization since 2006, offers the 2018 Environmental Stewardship Survey (ESS) of all twenty-four Utah Valley cities and towns.

5. Clean Air Billboard Campaign

We are currently running, and have been running, a

Clean Air Clean Energy billboard campaign on numerous billboards in Utah and Salt Lake counties.

6. Clean Air Clean Energy Rally

Early last year we conducted the first-ever “Clean Air Clean Energy” rally in Utah Valley (Courthouse Square in Provo). It featured numerous distinguished speakers and a musical performance.

7. Urging Utilities to Switch to Solar & Encourage Solar Use by Customers

We met with the Utah Municipal Power Agency (UMPA), serving Provo, Spanish Fork and others, to encourage them to move away from an environmentally harmful, costly, health-damaging reliance on fossil fuels—and toward switching to solar farms that produce helpful, clean, safe, renewable energy. We urge all utilities, including Rocky Mountain Power, to NOT charge a “base fee” that penalizes rather than credits and encourages residential solar users for helping to clean the air, save the utility money on operating the grid, on cleaning up polluting fossil fuel plants and on reducing the utility’s cost of meeting the increasing demand for energy.

8. Roof Top Solar Program

We have an ongoing solar program with SYNERGY POWER to assist Utah Valley residents and businesses to purchase clean safe renewable solar panels on their roofs. That helps clean the air, improve the environment for everyone and dramatically cut energy bills in the process. The program offers a very large discount to purchasers of rooftop solar in Utah Valley.

Contact us for details.

9. Bumper Stickers & Yard Signs

We've created stickers and yard signs that promote clean energy, clean air and making America green again. Contact us for your stickers and signs.

10. Tabling at Provo Farmers Market

We're planning to "table" at the Provo Farmer's Market to tell people about the UVEF and provide information about what we can all can do to improve and protect the environment and our health.

11. Guide for Better Stewardship

We put together a short but action-packed guide to what we can do and what needs to be done to significantly improve the environment and our health, both locally and globally. The guide can be downloaded from the website.

12. New PowerPoint Presentation

We've developed a new PowerPoint educational presentation on how to protect the environment. It's available for classrooms, meetings, events, clubs, groups, senior centers, etc. Contact us for details.

To be more effective helping to improve your health and the health of the air, water and land, we rely on the support of people such as you. Please consider making a modest monthly donation to the UVEF. Thank you.