OPINION – On Oct. 30, Citizens for Dixie’s Future, with the help of a generous grant from the international outdoor outfitter, Patagonia, will be hosting a water workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Entrada.
You care about this. Here’s why:
The Washington County Water Conservancy District is hard at work seeing their crown jewel project, The Lake Powell Pipeline to fruition.
Last year they brought on an analyst from Applied Technologies in Las Vegas named Jeremy Aguero to assist them in garnering support for the project.
Aguero would tell you he was an analyst not an advocate, but anyone who attended an event where he spoke (I went to three) would be remiss not to notice his well-rehearsed presentation. I, for one, never heard him speak of the opposing side to the project let alone mention there was one.
How one can profess to be an analyst and not sincerely weigh pros and cons is indicative I think. He’s an advocate, folks. One might be curious to know how much he was paid by the WCWCD to affirm or put into question his professed analyst status. (Hint: It’s a lot of money).
The WCWCD, with the help of Aguero, seems to be content to give the community three viable solutions to the water situation in Washington County:
- The Lake Powell Pipeline
- The Lake Powell Pipeline
- It’s the end of the world as we know it if we don’t get the Lake Powell Pipeline
Perhaps we can help Aguero out a little here and provide some credible evidence of the adverse to his one sided analysis.
According to a press release from the Utah Rivers Council, a recent analysis reveals that water projections in Utah were inflated to increase spending.
Congressman Rob Bishop, speaking on Sept. 23, at the Fall Water Forum said:
A new analysis of 20 years of water projections demonstrates that Utah water planners have been exaggerating future water needs to misinform people into believing we are in a water crisis. The analysis raises serious doubts about claims Utah is running out of water and needs to spend billions on expensive water projects like $2 billion Lake Powell Pipeline and $2 billion Bear River development.
Utah water planners claim our growing population will require billions of dollars in new water projects and have hired lobbyists and marketing firms to make their case to Utah legislators. But these claims mirror past projections made in 1993, 1997, 2009 and 2010 by government water suppliers that did not come true. An analysis released today by the Utah Rivers Council reveals that every single one of these projections has been exaggerated to make the case for increased taxpayer spending on water.
Additionally, Utah Rivers Council Executive Director Zach Frankel said:
In 1993, Utah water suppliers took a page out of Chicken Little’s playbook to scare people into believing we were in a water crisis and Salt Lake County would run out of water in the next few years. That exaggeration was clearly wrong, but they’ve been inflating future water needs ever since.
The 1993 water prediction for Salt Lake County overestimated 2,025 water needs by a whopping 129,000 acre-feet of water – enough for a city of 600,000 people or more. In fact, this figure is roughly 45 percent higher than actual water needs because it is based on current estimates of water use.
“Utah water suppliers ignore basic market economics of supply and demand in these projections,” Frankel said. “If private companies overestimated their commodity demands as badly as Utah’s government water suppliers have, they’d be out of business.”
This is why you must attend the Oct. 30 event. Your future as a taxpayer, homeowner, and citizen of Washington County requires that you be educated about what your elected and appointed officials are doing.
If in fact, the WCWCD are acting on the best behalf of Washington County, let them answer to you about these and other concerns about this project as well as others. They would be remiss not to attend this event and so would you. Lake Powell Pipeline or not, wise use of water should be at the forefront of everyone’s minds, both residents and officials.
And by the way, if you have attended one of the WCWCD’s meetings on the Lake Powell Pipeline, and been frustrated that they seem somewhat averse to taking public questions or scrutiny, this may be an opportunity to get some answers from an unbiased expert – that is to say from an analyst, not an advocate.
For more information about this event and to RSVP go to www.citizensfordixie.org.
See you out there.
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