Help Utah Lake. Stop privatizing our public lake and building a huge city in the middle.

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"

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

We are opposed to the Utah Lake "Land Exchange" project. We also oppose the creation of a "Utah Lake Authority"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 the "Utah Lake Authority."

1.  Impossible and Destructive:   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. We believe their proposed “restoration” of Utah Lake and the construction of a huge city in the middle would significantly harm the ecology of the lake and much of its surrounding area.


2.  Huge Risks: It appears there are many unacceptable risks in the "land exchange" proposal—risks to public health and well-being, to property values around the lake, to air and water quality, to added congestion, to the natural aesthetics, to the ecology of the lake and its surroundings, to bird migration, risks from dangerous heavy metals on the lake bottom and from contaminants emitted into the lake; and risk of effects on the Jordan River and the Great Salt Lake; and the risk of seismic damage to the proposed islands, their infrastructure, buildings and bridges.


3. Questionable Legality: We believe it is unlikely that the State of Utah has the legal right to deed Utah Lake bottom—public land held in public trust—to a private developer for their personal advantage. Furthermore, we don't see that any land is being exchanged.


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


5. Better Alternatives: According to scientists such as Dr. Ben Abbott, professor of Ecosystem Ecology at BYU, "There are better, less costly, non-destructive, more natural alternative actions that can and should be undertaken to safely rejuvenate Utah Lake." Here are a few of the helpful, non-harmful 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 (urban sources account for ~80% of nutrient inputs)
  • Increase river flow to the lake with cooperative agreements with cities and farmers
  • Continue removing invasive species (carp and phragmites)
  • Rehabilitate our cultural connection with the lake through outreach and education
  • Continue with habitat restoration efforts such as the Provo River Delta Restoration project"

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To: 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"
From: [Your Name]

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

We believe the attempted "restoration" of Utah Lake by private developers (the author of the Land Exchange proposal) and the proposed construction of a huge city on artificial islands in Utah Lake made largely of lake-bottom 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 its residents.

According to Dr. Sam Rushforth, Dean of UVU College of Science, Emeritus, "The ‘restoration’ of Utah Lake as presented by the developers is not possible. [It] would in effect destroy the ecology of the lake and potentially harm much of its watershed.”

We believe the proposed project is likely illegal, 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 and infrastructure. Also, we see no proof the proposed project is fully and securely funded, and that land is actually being exchanged.

According to Dr. Ben Abbott, professor of Ecosystem Ecology at BYU, “There are better, less costly, non-destructive, more natural alternative actions that can and should be undertaken to rejuvenate Utah Lake.”
For example:
1. Reduce nutrients from wastewater plants by extensively upgrading facilities (urban sources account for ~80% of nutrient inputs)
2. Increase river flow to the lake with cooperative agreements with cities and farmers
3. Continue removing invasive species (carp and phragmites) in an environmentally helpful way
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

INSTEAD of the Land Exchange project, we urge you to fully support effective alternatives to rejuvenate our Utah Lake in ways that are in harmony with nature and will help Utah Lake once again to be a healthy, natural lake and a beautiful asset to Utah Valley for the benefit of ALL Utahns, present and future.