This is Derek Miller Speaking on Business. After experiencing nearly an entire decade of drought in the State of Utah, Utah’s citizens, government officials and media members have rallied around the need to think differently about the way we plan, use and conserve Utah’s water. Foxley & Pignanelli Partner Steve Styler joins us with more.
For the second straight year, Utah’s legislature will invest hundreds of millions of dollars to more efficiently use and conserve Utah’s water resources. Utah’s division of water rights and water resources are carefully and strategically executing their plans to ensure water availability for Utah. We have been fortunate to pair these policy and funding decisions with more favorable weather patterns that have delivered above-average snowpack to the entire state of Utah.
However, a favorable weather pattern is not a long-term solution for the state of Utah. Every farm, corporation, organization, and citizen of Utah needs to pitch in. Each new business seeking to locate here, many of which come from states where water is more of an afterthought than a primary consideration, needs to have a plan on how to use less and conserve more. We know the Utah is going to grow, which is a very good thing, but we absolutely cannot grow in the same way.
If we want to continue to improve our economy, our housing opportunities, and Utah’s wonderful lifestyle, there is nothing more important than Utahns rallying together to do more with less. I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, Speaking on Business.