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far too long, Utah Lake has been neglected, even ignored and severely abused by far too many people. Thank goodness that's changing.
Governor Huntsman recently signed legislation making the state a vital member of the new Utah Lake Commission. The state will provide 33 percent of the cost of this timely cooperative effort that brings together most political entities in Utah County.
The commission's goal is noteworthy: get everyone on the same page when it comes to determining the lake's future. The bottom line: improve the quality of the lake and its entire ecosystem.
It's about time!
The lake is an obvious asset, yet in many ways it has become a liability. The water is murky and unappealing, and it is filled with millions of non-indigenous carp. A first order of business will be finding a way to reduce their destructive numbers while restoring the lake's natural population of June Suckers.
Other issues for the commission's attention abound, including how best to deal with entire new communities that are being built all around the lake.
KSL commends the many entities involved for finally agreeing to establish a credible forum for systematically preserving and improving one of Utah's most vital natural resources. It is an effort that is long overdue.