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  • in reply to: Bear River development is not necessary #21682 Score: 0

    Set Dust

    Apart from lacking data that indicates a need for the Bear River Development, The potential negative impacts far outweigh the potential gains. There are many alternative options with backed data that avoid the potential environmental and economic impacts of this development. It would be irresponsible to move forward with the Bear River Development without fully investigating alternatives that cost the tax payer less, reduce environmental impacts, and successfully provide the water supply needed for the growing population in Utah. A recent study conducted by Wayne Wurstbaugh estimates the Great Salt Lake lost 11 feet of water due to the current water deferment developments in Utah (Click here to see this study). The Bear river development would further contribute to the decline of the Great Salt Lake. The Utah Rivers Council states the Bear River Development would decrease the lake depth by at least 2 – 4 feet and possibly more ( The continued decline of the Great Salt Lake will result in numerous economic and environmental impacts. Some of the environmental impacts include: An overall decrease of annual precipitation due to a decreased frequency of lake effect storms; Increased particulate air pollution due to exposed lake bed; and critical ecosystem loss for migratory birds, fish, and brine shrimp. (Click here for an in depth explanation of the risks involved with the decline of the Great Salt Lake). It is in the interest of all citizens of Utah to avoid further water deferment, especially without a detailed and thorough investigation that can justify the need for the Bear River Development. The Utah Rivers Council has proposed 8 alternatives that could help meet the water needs of Utah with out developing the Bear River. Without a convincing rebut of these alternatives, there is no justification for the Bear River Development. It is our moral obligation to protect the beautiful awe inspiring ecosystems that contribute to the unique life-giving hydrological sub-cycle along the Wasatch Front.

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