Utah Lake

Utah Lake is one of the largest and most productive freshwater lakes in the western U.S. This keystone ecosystem is the centerpiece of our community, providing critical habitat, abundant recreational opportunities, and invaluable ecosystem services such as removing pollution and creating local precipitation. In this time of dramatic change, we need evidence-based management and legislation to protect and restore this unique, beautiful, and dynamic lake. https://pws.byu.edu/utah-lake

 

We Have the Power to Impact

Our Future, and We’re Doing

Something About It

 

A coalition of Utah conservation groups, led by Conserve Utah Valley, has joined forces stop the development of Utah Lake.  You can take two important actions today to support the movement:

  1. Sign the petition
  2. Write your Utah State legislator

 

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Events

Rep. Keven Stratton and CUV held the Utah Lake Summit, on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022. This discussion covered the current Lake restoration efforts and progress, as well as what needs to be done to increase responsible, science-based restoration of the Lake for future generations.

Watch the recording for this event below

Updates

Stay up to date with our current progress

Utah Lake Summit and Utah Lake Commission Meeting

It’s been a big week for Utah Lake! Three weeks ago members of CUV met with Rep. Keven Stratton with concerns about a proposal for dredging Utah Lake and creating islands for various uses including innovative housing for Utah County. At that meeting we discussed the...

The Utah Lake Summit

Rep. Keven Stratton and CUV invite you to join them for the Utah Lake Summit, Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 6:30 pm. The discussion will cover current Lake restoration efforts and progress, as well as what needs to be done to increase responsible, science-based restoration of the Lake for future generations.

#dontpaveutahlake

Happy New Year, from Conserve Utah Valley. I want to start by saying thank you for supporting Conserve Utah Valley in 2021. Whether you got involved in the effort to preserve Bridal Veil Falls, participated in a Slate Canyon Saturday, or supported our efforts to...

More than 100 scientists and experts speak out against proposed islands development for Utah Lake

A group of concerned scientists and experts came together to raise concern over the proposed island development project for Utah Lake. Read the full text of their letter, along with their credentials below, and find a pdf of the letter here: December 22, 2021 To whom...

Write A Letter: Utah Lake needs legitimate conservation efforts

Take Action: Write a letter to your state representatives (sample linked below) Background: Utah Lake is one of the largest and most productive freshwater lakes in the western U.S. This keystone ecosystem is the centerpiece of our community, providing critical...

Utah Lake Symposium Summary

Conserve Utah Valley was one of 14 sponsors for the recent Utah Lake Symposium held at Utah Valley University. There was a high level of interest from the community and the symposium was a huge success. There were a total of 475 live attendees (245 in-person and 230...

Fix HB272 or lose the Lake

Despite its environmental, cultural, and economic importance, our lake is in grave danger because of a law passed in 2018. The “Utah Lake Amendments” (H.B. 272) created a loophole that allowed the lakebed to be given to commercial developers. Right now, an LLC called “Lake Restoration Solutions” is preparing to build 20,000 acres of dredged islands and house 500,000 people on them. The state legislature gave this company a $10 million loan guarantee last year to subsidize their fundraising and permitting efforts (coverage here)

State resources and taxpayer dollars should not be used to subsidize a real estate venture that claims to have billions lined up from foreign investors. The issues with H.B. 272 need to be fixed to restore Utah Lake’s constitutional protection, ensuring Utah Lake is held in “public trust” in perpetuity for all Utahns, present and future.

We call on Utahns from all political backgrounds to stand together to oppose this waste of taxpayer dollars that threatens our valley. Fixing H.B. 272 will ensure that Utah Lake is managed responsibly for the people of Utah.

 

8 Reasons to sign the petition

1.

Gifting 20,000 acres of lakebed to a private developer would be the biggest government giveaway in Utah history.

2.

Despite false claims by the developers, Utah Lake is on the road to recovery thanks to hundreds of science-based restoration projects undertaken over the past 30 years. 

3.

The proposed project is 370-times larger than the largest freshwater dredging project ever completed and is almost certain to fail, leaving a huge environmental mess for Utah taxpayers to clean up.

4.

Utah Lake provides recreational opportunities, pollution removal, and increasing local precipitation, which contributes to our world-class skiing.

5.

Humans inhabiting islands in the lake would increase the levels of pollution that run into the lake.

6.

Thirty-five million migratory birds and ten million fish call Utah Lake home. Destroying this lake would disrupt wildlife throughout Utah and the western U.S.

7.

These islands would permanently deface our valley, destroying the view of the lake and compromising the natural hydrology and biology that make this lake so resilient.

8.

Dredging and building islands would alter the structure and chemistry of the lake, allowing increased light penetration which would actually increase algae growth.

Sign the Petition Today

Utah Lake Conservation Coalition

Utah Valley Earth Forum
Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment
Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences
Utah Lake Symposium
GSLAudubon
Utah Native Plant Society
Timpanogos Nation
Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance
Friends of Great Salt Lake
Utah Valley Mutual Aid
Utah Audubon Council
Westwater
Utah Rivers Council
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance
Sierra Club Utah Chapter
Citizens' Climate Lobby - Utah Valley Chapter