Legislation that would create a task force to plan water development projects on the Bear River has stalled as state senators dicker over who should be appointed to the panel and who should appoint them.
A preliminary vote on the measure was delayed Thursday to give senators time to determine what groups will be represented once the task force is formed.The bill was being debated in the Senate Friday.
The Bear River bill, sponsored by Sen. Fred Finlinson, R-Murray, would create a 19-member task force to study financing proposals for river development as well as dam construction plans and a management program to market Bear River water after the projects are complete.
The task force would also be assigned to prepare legislation implementing the plans in time for the Legislature's 1990 general session.
Lawmakers for years have discussed development of Bear River water, which flows into the briny Great Salt Lake, but proposals have never before moved beyond engineering studies, said Finlinson.
Finlinson said the task force is needed because the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which has managed the Central Utah Project, is not interested in Bear River development. The CUP is a massive program to develop Colorado River water.
The bill calls for the task force to be comprised of three members each from the Utah House and Senate, as well as representatives from various water conservancy districts, the Bear River Association of Governments, the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Department of Natural Resources, water-groups and the general public.
Sen. Boyd Storey, R-Ogden, objected to the list because it did not include a representative from Weber or Davis counties, which he said would be affected by any Bear River development projects.