[REGIONAL NEWS] Water in Utah is a complicated issue

Sediments deposited by the Colorado River into the bed of the now receded Lake Powell in Hite, Utah. This picture, taken on Nov. 28, 2018, shows where the Dirty Devil River and Colorado River come together./ Brian Maffly / The Salt Lake Tribune

By Mike Styler | Special to The Tribune

(Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.)

During my 14 years as the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources, I’ve appreciated the many well-intentioned, passionate people involved with state leaders on water policy. While they are typically not water experts, they often provide great insight and feedback.

Occasionally there are special interest groups who are not interested in reasonable solutions or working together. Sometimes founded in misinformation, these groups work to push their own agenda and further their cause. This approach is counterproductive and harms other special interest groups.

Utah’s alpine lakes and red rocks present very different water scenarios. The Wasatch Front is a closed basin with high runoff and return flows finding their way back to the Great Salt Lake. Any change to how these flows are managed, reused or diverted affects the Great Salt Lake.

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