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Citizen groups counter Utah Lake bridge proposal
April 2, 2010

PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Leave Utah Lake alone. That's the message in a proposal a coalition of recreation and environmental groups filed this week with the Utah Department of Forestry, Fire and State Lands.

The Utah chapter of the Sierra Club, Utah Valley Earth Forum, Utah Waterfowl Association, Bonneville School of Sailing and Seamanship and Friends of Great Salt Lake oppose a plan from a developer to build twin toll bridges over Utah Lake.

State regulators have sought counter proposals in order to determine the best use of the lake.

In its proposal, the coalition says the lake should be preserved in its natural state for future generations.

The $600 million bridge project would be meant to connect bedroom communities on the lake's west side with the Provo-Orem metropolitan area.

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