NEW Report on Bear River Alternatives!

Water agencies seeking to spend $2.5 billion on Bear River Development claim the massive water project is necessary for Utah’s future. But Utah Rivers Council has authored a new 50-page report which disputes this claim citing contradictory data and an abundance of less-expensive alternatives to provide water for Wasatch Front population growth. Proposed Bear River … More NEW Report on Bear River Alternatives!

Rocky Mountain Power’s Scheme to advance Bear River Development!

In April, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) issued a press release announcing their intention to divert large quantities of the Bear River upstream of the Great Salt Lake for municipal use. The press release noted: By changing how the utility operates Bear Lake at its five Bear River hydroelectric projects, combined with conservation efforts, Rocky Mountain … More Rocky Mountain Power’s Scheme to advance Bear River Development!

State Begrudgingly Hands Over Water Use Figures to the URC

P: E. P. Kosmicki Six months after the URC submitted our GRAMA request for the water data used to justify $5 billion in spending to the public and lawmakers, the Division of Water Resources has finally provided us with this basic information. The agency has been using this data to promote two of the country’s … More State Begrudgingly Hands Over Water Use Figures to the URC

Rocky Mountain Power Wants In On The Bear River Water Grab

Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) recently announced they are getting into the business of Bear River Development. RMP’s federal license to operate the Cutler Reservoir hydropower project expires in 2024 and must be relicensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), a process that only happens every 25 years. As part of this process, RMP is … More Rocky Mountain Power Wants In On The Bear River Water Grab

Property Tax Relief Bill Dead In The Water

Disappointingly, our win-win proposal to save money and water for Utahns was killed in Senate Committee at the Utah Legislature. Earlier this session, Senator Jim Dabakis (D) and Senator Howard Stephenson (R) introduced our bill, SB 151, to reduce the property taxes you pay to water districts which encourage water waste. These property taxes are … More Property Tax Relief Bill Dead In The Water

Bear River Water Grab Legislation Likely in 2017 Session

Revelatory documents obtained by Utah Rivers Council through GRAMA show that water lobbyists are working the Utah Legislature to advance the massive $2.5 billion Bear River Water Grab in the upcoming 2017 session. The proposed Bear River Water Grab is the largest proposed river diversion in the U.S. Check out the press release and email … More Bear River Water Grab Legislation Likely in 2017 Session