Utah Lake project-cause for concern
“A bill being circulated among Utah County officials would create a Utah Lake Authority — the functional equivalent to the Inland Port Authority in Salt Lake City — that would wield sweeping control over land use, improvement and rehabilitation decisions on the state’s largest body of freshwater” a Salt Lake Tribune article writes.
We agree with critics of the bill in their concern that this authority would help facilitate the ridiculous plan to turn Utah Lake into a real estate project. Proponents of the project are already attempting to intimidate and muzzle their critics; the developers are tagging a SLAPP suit on a BYU ecology assistant professor who has been leading the effort to expose all the environmental reasons why this is a horrible idea. The language of the draft bill is nearly identical to that of the legislation that approved the Utah Inland Port Authority (UIPA). In our battle against the port, we’ve had great difficulty with the UIPA, closing their meetings, not accepting public comments, and steam rolling public opinion.
We’ll keep you updated when the bill gets introduced, and will be asking you to call your local representatives and let them know how you feel about it. In the meantime, please sign the petition against the project.