This is currently a big topic due to both an amazing winter and a push for conserving water due to concerns of drought and for the Great Salt Lake.  

With that said we wanted to highlight some questions around water that Utahns should ask, and then decide for themselves what the next best options are for us as a state to take. 

  1. Is there really a water shortage? 
  2. Why are we draining water into the GSL from the winter pack instead of storing water?
  3. If the above is true, how do we plan on scaling back building housing, data centers, and much more?
  4. Is the Great Salt Lake a “terminal lake,” a naturally dying lake?
  5. If the GSL is dying, should we continue to mine for lithium, among other items that require evaporation?
  6. We are often told about climate change, switching to electric is more environmentally friendly. Is the mining of lithium (part of batteries for EV) environmentally friendly
  7. What and how are things decided to be friendly or not?
  8. How environmentally friendly is it for landfills to be full of used batteries in 15 years?
  9. Are the resources the GSL is being mined for being given to Utah or America first, or sent to foreign countries?
  10. Should mining companies be given water rights over Utah citizens?
  11. Are there economic impacts to redirecting water to the GSL, and what are they?
  12. Should we continue to direct our fresh water into the GSL? Do we need to conserve our drinking and farming water?
  13. How long are we going to conserve water? When does it end, does it ever end? 
  14. What are we willing to give up to conserve and send water to large data centers ? To the GSL, or to save for high density housing? Showering once a month? Doing dishes once a week?
  15. How much federal funding has been given to the GSL, and why? Does the federal government have a reason to be invested? 
  16. Is this a vilation of article 1 section 8 and amendments 9 and 10. 
  17. How much federal funding is going towards high density housing? Is this the best use of our land and water?
  18. How are water rights divided? Who gets them “first”?
  19. What and who are the “Utah Lake Authority,” and “Great Salt Lake Authority”?
  20. Are you able to save your rainwater? Should you be?
  21. Should private wells be registered with the state? Are they already required to be? 
  22. Should the state promote a “report your neighbor” program if a person feels their neighbor is using too much water?
  23. Should our water be metered remotely and AI piping installed? 
  24. Who controls the water? Is it the special districts in each county and or city? Is it the state? How is the order of who gets water in an emergency decided among counties and cities?
  25. Do you know about “Utah Water Ways”? A public private partnership that will be managing Utah’s water usage.
  26. Public money will be used to educate the public on why and how they should conserve water. Is this the best use of funds? Are the various sources and view points presented?
  27. Is there a trigger if the Great Salt Lake goes below a certain level?

There is much more that goes into “water” then we think about. Cloud seeding for example can effect water outcomes, changing out lawns to turfs or zero scape can help or hurt water resources. 

Water is extremely complicated and it requires Utahns to participate in the discussion. It’s a very serious matter, without water we can’t survive. Who should be over water? Should it be the federal government, public private partnerships, foreign entities, the state, or local counties and cities? 

Should the people be able to collect stormwater? Should they be required to report it? 

In short this requires an in-depth conversation and review. One that Utahns have not been as active in as they need to be, nor has the information been as transparent as it needs to be.


Save $300 Million – Consolidate Divisions of Water Rights, Water Resources & Drinking Water,data%20center’s%20Facebook%20page%20says

Utah Water Ways Public Private Partnership- HB307

United Nations/ WEF Public Private Partnership Framework

United Nations/ WEF Public Private Partnership Summary and Detail

Advancing Water Equity in Small and Rural Communities—The Role of Digital Solutions

WeberRiverBasinPlan 2009

Jordan River Basin Final 2010

BearRiver-1A 2004

Conjunctive MGMT of Surface and Ground Water Utah

Utah Water Resources 2001

Kirby_Mapping Groundwater

UN WATER 2023 (United Nations)


Graph showing Utahs percipitation levels overtime.

State of Utah Water Well Handbook 2022

Beaver Dams 2022

Lakepowell Pipeline Act

Property Tax Utah Water 2022

BYU Great Salt Lake Report– This report has some statements and citations that we recommend looking into further to see if accurate.

SLCo Climate Change 2040

Statewide Drinking Water Infrastructure 2022

Statewide Water Quality Infrastructure 2022

Utah Watershed Council Utah Dept of Natural Resources

Washington County Water Conservancy 2022

Utah Watershed Intiative

Utahs Watershed Restortive Intiative

Legislative Water Developments 2022

Envision Utah Water Program

White Water City 10th Anniversary History Book

Main Creek Watershed Meets Temperature Standards and More

HB240- Utah Lake Amendments

Fremont River Watershed

Easy Canyon Creek Restoration Success


Opposition Letter_ H.B. 441- Milford City_HB441 Letter


Riparian Area Grazing Water Quality

Utah statewide nonpoint source pollution mgmt plan

Strawberry reservoir restoration 

UDOT – Storm, Sewers, & Offsite Drainage Policy

UDOT Storm Water Management Program

USU Water Research Laboratory Budget 2022

UDOT Dry Weather Screening Plan Water

Utah spends 89000 per day 22 million a year for dry water paperwork

Waterwise information to help respond to questions

S.B. 32 – Rainwater Harvesting

S.B. 2002 – Interlocal Cooperation Act Amendments

Utah 2021 Water and Land Use Planning Project Phase I

Utah Drought Response Committee – Organizational Chart

Wasterwater treatment systems Utah

Busse West Watershed Progress

Great Salt Lake Saline Aquifers Utah

Pine Valley Water Supply Project Financing

Cedar City ValleyGWMP20210111

Water Dev Commission Oct 2022

Update on the GSalt Lake Advistory Council Oct 2022

HB326 State Innovation Amendments Air and Water 10 million

Funding Fact Utah Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Oct 2022


A Guide to Municipal Water Conservation Pricing in Utah

Rules & Regulations — Bountiful Irrigation District

BiodiverCities 2030

WEF BiodiverCities 2030

H.B. 36 Storm Water Capture Amendments

Hope Gardening Agreement Contract

Proposed Legislation for beneficial use of water to GSL

Report Water Waste

Utah Conservation goals – increase prices – enforce conservation

Weber Basin Utah – Water Wasting Reporting

WEF Water Strategic Plan – 2014

Moisture Dispertion U.S. Patent

Producing Rainfall Patent

Silver Iodine Smoke Patent

UN – Land & Water

UN Plan for Smart Irrigation

Utah – Cloud Seeding 2019

Utah Cloud Seeding Program 2018 Strategic Plan

Weather Modification U.S. Patent

WMA Utah

1914 Rain Maker Patent

Artificial Production of Fog Patent

Artificial Snowfall from Mountain Clouds

Atmospheric Space Charge Modification Patent

Cloud Seeding Generator Map

Control of Tropical Cyclone Formation Patent

Digital innovation as a driver of private investment in water _ Online session

Method of Cloud Seeding U.S. Patent

Method of Crystal Formation and Precipitation

Method of Producing Rainfall Patent

ADPI – AI Water

Utahs Water dependent Economy 2014

Graph showing Ogden perciption levels.

Utah Soil Health Network on Farm Trial Participation Utah

Provo River Project

Deer Creek Intake Project

Deer Creek Intake Presenation

Great Salt Lake 2023

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State of Utah Water Well Handbook

Utah Soil Health Partnership

Utah Water Ways Public Private Partnership HB307

Great Salt Lake Resolution (HCR-10)
Steering Group-2020