Because Utah and much of the West are experiencing severe drought, we are seeing our water supply diminish, even as our population and the demand for water increases. The UVEF hopes to team up with Utah Rivers Council and League of Women Voters in the future to present an online public forum on drought, and other water-related issues. Send us your request to join our email list at EmailList@UVEF.org and we will notify you of when the drought forum will occur.

Consider replacing your thirsty, costly-to-care-for grass lawn with an attractive, money and labor saving, water-wise xeriscape. Details are at Xeriscape.UVEF.org.

A real estate developer is proceeding with a plan to attempt to alledgedly restore Utah Lake (which is already being improved) in exchange for title to 1/5 of the lake. The private developer plans to construct a huge island city in the lake from dredged up lakebed sludge and sediments. The developer hopes to sell homes and buildings on these islands to house up to 500,000 people—over twice the population of Salt Lake City!

BYU, UVU and USU scientists oppose their “restoration" and island building proposal and are convinced it would greatly harm the lake and its environment.

Please sign the petition to stop the privatization of 1/5 of Utah Lake, a natural public trust treasure, and instead urge Utah government to provide for the sound, helpful—not harmful—restoration of the lake without deeding over large parts of the lake to a real estate developer.

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Misleading information is being spread to pursuade the public and Utah government that our public Utah Lake is in terrible shape. Here is a sample of the misinformation:

Utah Lake is a polluted cesspool, a mud puddle, and needs to be dredged to fix it.

Correction:  Everyone agrees that Utah Lake has significant challenges and could use more help from the State, but the lake is on the road to recovery. According to environmental scientists at BYU, UVU and USU, dredging all or most of the lake would be harmful. Dredging can release pollutants that are currently safely locked up in sediments. Dredging and building a megacity in our lake would alter the structure and chemistry of the lake, allowing increased light penetration which would actually increase algae growth and compromise the natural hydrology and biology that make Utah Lake so resilient.

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