Groups Discuss the Future Of Utah Lake

Groups Discuss the Future Of Utah Lake

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OREM (KSL News Services) -- Hydrologists, politicians, environmentalists and historians are meeting at Utah Valley State College today to discuss the past, present and future of Utah Lake, the state’s largest fresh water lake.

One focus of the meeting is to bring differing viewpoints together and come up with an idea of what the lake could look like 20 years from now.

Reed Harris with the Department of Natural Resources sits on a panel discussing challenges and goals for managing the lake including the possibility of trying to make the lake deeper. ”I don’t think that drudging is going to solve our problem over all. The factors of cost and where do you put the material and all those sorts of things. Although I remain open.”

Tim Watkins with Envision Utah came to the meeting with ideas to protect wetlands. ”Strategies today for how land owners can transfer or cluster development rights or development units away from sensitive lands and build in areas that are less intrusive.”

Others discussed the possibility of dredging the lake or building a causeway. The differing groups hope to learn from each other so decisions can be made to make the lake better for everyone.

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