Let’s not spend billions to turn Utah Lake into a Disneyesque theme park

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) A boater heads into Utah Lake from Lincoln Seaside on Thursday, July 29.

Considered from its shorelines or from the encircling foothills and mountains, Utah Lake is a factor of nice magnificence, an oasis of openness and area in a extremely urbanized valley. In contrast, think about what Utah Lake would appear to be if it have been choked with synthetic islands, causeways, highways, and related residential and business improvement, as Lake Restoration Options (LRS) president, Jonathan Benson, proposes (The Tribune, Feb. 17).

This valuable public useful resource shouldn’t be turned over to non-public entities in a misguided try to “restore” the lake. Statements by Benson in regards to the abysmal situation of the lake are in direct distinction to assessments by native scientists who’ve studied the lake for a few years. Ongoing efforts by the Utah Lake Fee and the Utah Division of Environmental High quality have proven progress in lowering nutrient discharge into the lake and enhancing water high quality.

Benson’s assertion that, until we flip over our lake to LRS, every family in Utah Valley can be on the hook for $40,000 is a blatant scare tactic meant to curry public help for the ridiculous LRS venture. We don’t must spend billions of {dollars} to dredge your entire backside of Utah Lake, as LRS proposes! We’re making progress with out changing this pure useful resource right into a Disneyesque theme park.

Jim Harris, Payson

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