Don't sell part of Utah Lake for a large private city in the lake. Help the lake instead!

To Utah state legislators, Utah Government and the Army Corps of Engineers—any entity whose support and or approval is needed for the proposed Utah Lake "Land Exchange"

Utah Lake before an island city. . . . Then imagine the lake with a sinking island city in the middle.

We want Utah Lake to be rejuvenated in a safe, healthy way, WITHOUT privatizing lakebed land.

We are very opposed to the "Land Exchange" (aka "Utah Lake Restoration Project"). We also oppose the creation of a "Utah Lake Authority" if it's designed to help advance and approve the "Land Exchange." We strongly urge that the proposed project be stopped and not approved. Here are a few reasons we oppose the project and a "Utah Lake Authority."

1.  Impossible, Destructive, Sacrilegious: According to scientists, such as Dr. Sam Rushforth, Dean, UVU College of Science, Emeritus, the "restoration" of Utah Lake as presented by the developers is impossible and would be an "environmental catastrophe—an unmitigated disaster." We believe the proposed “restoration” of Utah Lake—including killing all the fish in the lake, dredging the lake and constructing their own large city in the the lake—would significantly damage the ecosystem of the lake and adversely affect its surroundings. Furthermore, according to the Timpanogos people, constructing an island city in Utah Lake would be sacrilegious—a desecration of the Lake which is sacred to their people. The Timpanogos people were the inhabitants of Utah and Salt Lake Valleys before the arrival of the Mormon settlers. The now live mostly in Uinta County.


2.  Huge Risks: We believe there are numerous unacceptable risks in the so called "Land Exchange" proposal (where we see no land is being exchanged)—risks to public health, to property values around the lake, to air and water quality, to added congestion, to the natural aesthetics, to the ecosystem of the lake and its surroundings, to bird life and migration; the risk of adverse effects on the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake, and the risk of seismic damage to the proposed island city, its residents, infrastructure, buildings and bridges.


3. Questionable Legality:  In spite of H.B. 272 (2018), the bill which allegedly paved the way for the proposed “Land Exchange,” we believe it is unlikely that the State of Utah has the legal right to deed over part of Utah Lake—public land held in public trust—to a private developer for their own advantage. H.B. 272 (2018) should be repealed or amended to correct this flaw.


4.  Where’s the Mo: We see no evidence the developers actually have secured full funding to finance and complete what they propose, and to pay for the full remediation of any damage they do to the lake—all without any public funding.


5. Better, Environmentally Sound Alternatives: According to knowledgeable, respected environmental scientists at BYU, UVU and USU and elsewhere; the company’s proposal to allegedly “restore” Utah Lake is not only harmful to the lake—it’s not needed. We believe there are better, less costly, non-destructive and environmentally sound alternative actions that can and should be undertaken to safely rejuvenate Utah Lake. Here are a few of the helpful, environmentally sound actions that should be fully and effectively undertaken to help Utah Lake. Some are already in progress.

  • Reduce nutrients from wastewater plants by upgrading facilities (we understand urban sources account for ~80% of nutrient inputs).
  • Increase freshwater river flow to the lake with cooperative agreements with cities and farmers. This is underway.
  • Continue removing invasive species (carp and phragmites). We understand that roughly eighty percent of the carp have already been successfully removed.
  • Rehabilitate our cultural connection with the lake through outreach and education.
  • Continue with habitat restoration efforts such as the Provo River Delta Restoration project.
  • Explore harvesting algae and converting it to useful purposes.
  • Explore the possibility of creating limited floating islands of vegetation to remove excessive nutrients and provide bird habitat.

INSTEAD of the harmful, disrespectful, unnecessary and likely illegal "Land Exchange" project (aka. the Utah Lake Restoration Project), we fully support effective, environmentally-sound alternatives to rejuvenate our Utah Lake in ways that help Utah Lake be a beautiful, natural asset to Utah Valley for the benefit of ALL Utahns, present and future.


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We (all those who sign this petition) strongly urge the DEFEAT of the Utah Lake "Land Exchange" project (aka the "Utah Lake Restoration Project") and any proposal to establish a “Utah Lake Authority” if a purpose of the Authority in any way is to facilitate the "Land Exchange" proposal. INSTEAD, we want Utah Lake to be rejuvenated in a safe and environmentally healthy way.

We believe the attempted "restoration" of Utah Lake as proposed by private developers (the author of the "Land Exchange" proposal), including the dredging of the lake, killing all the fish in the lake and the construction of a huge city on one or more artificial islands in Utah Lake—made largely of lakebed sediments—would do severe damage to Utah Lake and its ecosystem, and the environmental health of Utah Valley, and would adversely affect the health and well-being of Valley residents.

According to Dr. Sam Rushforth, Dean of UVU College of Science, Emeritus, "The so called restoration of Utah Lake as proposed by the developers is not possible. It would not restore the lake. In effect it would destroy the ecosystem of the lake and potentially harm much of its watershed, including Utah Valley. The proposed restoration/island-building project would be an environmental catastrophe—an unmitigated disaster.”

We want H.B. 272 (2018) to be repealed or amended, since in its current form we believe it intends to permit the deeding over of a large part of Utah Lake to a private party—an act which we believe is likely contrary to established Utah law.

We believe the proposed project poses huge risks to air and water quality, property values around the lake, congestion, the lake's natural aesthetics, bird migration, and seismic damage to the proposed island buildings, infrastructure and prospective residents. Also, we see no proof the proposed project and its likely remediation are fully and securely funded, and that land is actually being exchanged.

Constructing an island city in Utah Lake would be sacrilegious—a desecration of the Lake which is sacred to the Timpanogos people, the inhabitants of Utah and Salt Lake Valleys before the arrival of the Mormon settlers.

According to knowledgeable, respected scientists at BYU, UVU and USU and elsewhere, the company’s proposal to allegedly “restore” Utah Lake is not only harmful to the lake—it’s not needed. There are better, less costly, non-destructive and environmentally sound alternative actions that can and should be undertaken to safely rejuvenate Utah Lake. Here are a few of the helpful, environmentally-sound actions that should be fully and effectively undertaken to help Utah Lake. Some are already in progress.

1. Reduce nutrients from wastewater plants by upgrading facilities (we understand that urban sources account for ~80% of nutrient inputs).
2. Increase freshwater river flow to the lake with cooperative agreements with cities and farmers. This is happening.​
3. Continue removing invasive species (including carp and phragmites). We understand that roughly 75% of the carp have already been successfully removed.
4. Rehabilitate our cultural connection with the lake through outreach and education.
5. Continue with habitat restoration efforts such as the Provo River Delta Restoration project.​
6. Explore harvesting algae and converting it to useful purposes.
7. Explore the possibility of creating limited floating islands of vegetation to remove excessive nutrients and provide bird habitat.

In summation, INSTEAD of what we view as the harmful, disrespectful, unnecessary and likely illegal "Land Exchange" project (aka. the Utah Lake Restoration Project), we urge you to fully support effective, environmentally-sound alternatives to rejuvenate our Utah Lake in ways that help Utah Lake be a beautiful, natural asset to Utah Valley for the benefit of ALL Utahns, present and future.