Utah’s Water Future

An Invitation for Public Comment

What would you like Utah to look like in ten, twenty or fifty years from now? This summer, Governor Herbert asked Utahns to help decide.

Summaries of the public’s comments and recommendations for next steps have been written by six water experts appointed by the Governor, who oversaw and attended this summer’s water meetings. To read the final White Paper, please see the attached PDF.
In addition, Governor Herbert has organized a State Water Strategy Advisory Team that will lead out the effort to develop a 50-year water vision for Utah. To view the list of members, please see the attached PDF.

We need to act wisely now to ensure our children and grandchildren enjoy a vibrant economy and the beauty of Utah’s great outdoors

Utah is the second driest state in the nation. It is also among the fastest growing. That combination presents obvious challenges for how we manage our water.
The remedies of the past won’t necessarily be the solutions of the future. The Governor is seeking innovative solutions to our water needs that don’t break the bank or dry up our streams—ideas that are a win/win for all Utahns. To assist him in this task, he has brought together a group of water experts who will gather public input about the use, development and conservation of water in our state.

To succeed, this must be a collaborative process—where everyone has a voice and where all ideas are welcome. You are invited to participate in this important effort. Do you have comments or suggestions about:

  • Using our water most efficiently?
  • Addressing competition for water resources?
  • Meeting the water needs of our growing population while protecting the environment, and the beauty and outdoor lifestyle we enjoy?
  • Funding the construction of new and maintenance of existing water infrastructure?
  • The availability and use of water for agriculture?
  • Addressing the complicated issues around water law and its application?
  • Other issues relating to Utah’s long-range water future?

If so, the Governor’s team wants to listen.

Come to an open meeting near you.
All meetings were held in the evening from 7 to 9 p.m. The following are the recordings and Breakout Session notes for each session.
General Session
Breakout Session
July 9
Sevier County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall, 410 East 200 South
July 11
Layton City Council Chambers, 437 North Wasatch Drive
July 16
Price City Hall, Room 207, 185 East Main Street
July 18
Provo High School, Auditorium, 1125 N University Ave
July 25
St. George
Dixie State University, Dunford Auditorium, 225 South 700 East
Aug 6
Vernal City Council Chambers, 374 East Main Street
Aug 13
Salt Lake
Department of Natural Resources, Auditorium, 1594 West North Temple
Aug 15
Mount Logan Middle School, 875 North 200 East
A public comment period will be followed by breakout sessions on specific areas of focus.

Tell us what you think.

Online submission of public comment was closed at the end of August so that all comments, along with the remarks made at public meetings, could be summarized and submitted to the Governor to help guide Utah’s water future. If you’d like to read all of the comments, please see the attached PDF.

The best ideas generated by the public will be incorporated into Utah’s water strategy to secure our long-term quality of life.