Boaters, residents concerned about dropping water levels at Bear Lake

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  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    April 23, 2013 8:31 a.m.


    Agree but I also think this area has the water capacity to support a lot more people than are currently here. The secret..... get rid of the dang lawns. I don't know the numbers but I wouldn't be at all surprised if lawn watering accounted for at least 50% of our water usage. That's probably sacrilege though, lawns are the American way after all. ;)

  • Wixom Bountiful, UT
    April 20, 2013 6:52 a.m.

    It would have been nice to have got a good winter that would have filled the reservoirs but we got what we were dealt. I think the spectacular beauty of Bear Lake is the water color. Being on the lake on a sunny day when the water appears to glow from below is awesome.

    @My2Cents - Several points - the drought has been the principal driver of lake levels dropping. The uses of Bear Lake, in particular, have changed very little over the past 100 years. They have largely been for agriculture and are controlled by water rights and agreements with the other states the river flows through. A trillion dollars is a lot of money - surely you've grossly overstated things. And I have no idea what the last paragraph means, but I see you posted at 4:53 a.m. so maybe that explains it.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    April 19, 2013 9:09 a.m.


    Agreed. It's just like the Caribbean except:
    - The water is freezing.
    - There's no tropical fish.
    - No palm trees.
    - No yummy drinks on the beach.

    But other than that, it's just like the Caribbean.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    April 19, 2013 4:53 a.m.

    The economy of the city is not really that big a deal compared to the drop in lake levels in all water reservoirs and lakes in the state. We can attribute the drop in levels of lakes and reservoirs in the lap of the state governemnt and its quest to become an overpopulated desert.

    Development doesn't happen in any desert and for a reason, its not sustainable even if you steal water from 2,000 miles away.

    Utah is so depleted of its water resources they are contemplating and planning a renewed effort to put in a $trillion dollar pipe line from the Colorado or Green rivers again to maintain over development.

    Then he must consider that 90% of millions of gallons of water oil companies will use every year to frack the gas and oil out of shale is not recoverable or reusable and will require a hazardous waste disposal site.

    Climatic rains and relinquishment is dependent on evaporation and if evaporation declines in ground or lakes like it has, then we have climatic change in recovering evaporated water. We have sucked ourselves dry.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    April 18, 2013 6:22 p.m.

    "(There’s) nothing prettier than Bear Lake," England said. "They call it the Caribbean of the Rockies, and it really is."

    I beg to differ. It's a cold climate, the economy stinks and most people visit for only a few hours. The raspberry blight made it so raspberry shakes are made from berries from California (used to be Cache County just over the hill) and therer's no decent way to get there from the Wasatch Front. Other that that, I guess it's an ok place.