Utah Water Conservation Set To Benefit Water Supply, Outdoor Vacations

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Utah Governor Spencer Cox just signed 67 water conservation bills into law to protect the state's rapidly dwindling water supply. Along with Lieutenant Governor Deidre M. Henderson, Utah lawmakers currently support more than 121 bills to combat excessive watering and conservation initiatives.

The primary goal of Governor Cox's legislative actions were to save the shrinking repository of Utah's Great Salt Lake, a national landmark and popular symbol of the western states. As one of the fastest growing states in the Union, Utah struggles with conserving water while simultaneously providing citizens with an adequate water supply.

Bill HB410, also known as the Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement program, was designed to combat water loss with extensive buyback programs, easements, and agricultural optimizations. $40 million in initial funding will be focused on water levels within the lake, as well as factors that contribute to its growth. Funds are targeted toward flow increase and retention, as well as maintaining watershed quality within the lake system. Upstream habitats will be restored and xeriscaped to protect water resources, and support the development of a long-term water management plan.

Several other bills were signed into law, including water metering legislation such as HB242. HB429 was designed to create a statewide water budget that changes depending on drought seasons and rainfall amounts. HB88 was signed to support Utah's Dark Sky Initiative, with aims to protect natural areas from light pollution and electrical disturbances. Future bills are expected to be presented to lawmakers within the next few years.

The greatest benefit of Utah's water conservation bills lies with increased tourism. The Great Salt Lake is one of the most visited parks in the state, attracting thousands of campers and hikers for outdoor vacations. With more than 43 national parks within state lines, Utah generates $7.07 billion in tourism revenue every year.

Governor Cox is hopeful that new laws and legislations will encourage further action on the part of Utah's home and business owners. "This drought has caused all of us to reevaluate how we conserve and motivated us to do more," Governor Cox said in an interview. He applauds locals for their current efforts, and aspires to see more residents doing what they can in defense of Utah's most cherished state landmark. "Utahns stepped up in a big way, conserving billions of gallons of water to help us through this crisis," Governor Cox went on to say.

Utah is already seeing observable benefits in its water conservation efforts. Despite a population growth of 6%, the city of St. George saw a 2% reduction in overall water use. More water saving measures are expected to take hold in the coming months to prepare the Great Salt Lake for the summer season and expected drought conditions.

“We have benefited from water storage decisions made by policymakers 100 years ago,” Governor Cox said in an interview. “Now it’s our turn to ensure water security for future generations and this plan will do this.”

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