Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — Eight listening sessions held across the state in July and August resulted in more than 800 comments about Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's efforts to begin mapping out a water strategy in the decades to come.
Here is a sample of some of those comments:
Develop water where it is at. Small areas cannot protect water rights against big cities and big money.
We need to educate people about water rights.
We need to harvest dead trees to prevent catastrophic wildfires that destroy watersheds.
More storage reservoirs are needed.
Secondary water systems should be metered. Even though the cost will be high, the amount of water saved by metering will justify the expense.
Residents should be fined for over watering their yards.
Homes should use gray water collection systems for watering their yards.
Negotiations with Southern Nevada Water Authority should be held to allow Snake Valley water to go to Washington County and the Lake Powell portion to Vegas.
The residents of the Wasatch Front should be much more water-conservation minded. If they were, the Bear River project could be delayed significantly.
Dike the eastern half of the Great Salt Lake, move the pumps and create a fresh water lake.
Open ditch and canal systems are very inefficient and need to be lined or piped, but need funding.
Water banking is one method that can be implemented to help agriculture retain its fair share of water.
Restore stream access, returning it back to the broader public use many feel has been restricted by the new stream access legislation.
Protect in-stream flows for sport fishing and duck hunting.
Keep water in the drainage it originates in, no trans-basin transfers.
Study the geology of groundwater more effectively.
Support and build the Lake Powell Pipeline.
Continue strong conservation efforts and educate the public.
Public and private partnerships should be considered for funding projects and operating facilities.
The state needs a "gate keeper" and this person is the state engineer. The Division of Water Rights should get more money in order to administer the law and to gather data concerning water use and availability.
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