Thirsty? Utah's water future will be mapped by input in upcoming meetings

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  • Fitz Murray, UT
    July 7, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    Hindsight is 20-20, but if we had built the 4 proposed dams that were supposed to be built in Utah's part of the Colorado River drainage, not only would we have sufficient water storage for many more decades, but we would have lots more clean hydro-electric power. The recreation uses would exceed those being used today as well, which would be a bonus to the economy.

    Similarly, if the Central Utah Project had not dropped parts of their project and had built all the dams as originally proposed, then our water storage would be higher than it is today.

    There are many things that can be done for conservation. Agricultural can finish piping all irrigation waters and associated sprinkler systems, no more canals or ditches. Lawns don't need watering every day, landscaping can be more friendly to our climate, and we can take it easy on water use inside the house.

    The Lake Powell pipeline estimated cost some 20 years ago was $250 Million. Today it is $1 Billion. We should learn that delaying can be expensive.

    We are our own worst enemies. We must stop letting a small, vocal, group of people from dictating our water future.