Ownership and Control of Public Lands

The ownership and control of the nation’s public land, especially in the western United States, has been debated for many years. That debate has grown more intense since 2012 when the Utah legislature passed the Transfer of Public Lands Act and Related Study (TPLA), which demanded that most of the public land within Utah’s borders…

Utah versus Public Lands

Conserve Southwest Utah (CSU) questions the validity of the Transfer of Public Lands Act (TPLA). TPLA demands that the United States give title to 30 million acres of Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands and the energy resources they contain to the State of Utah by December 31, 2014. The bill is…

July 12 2017 CSU-DWRe Meeting Notes – Question Answers and Follow-up

1.     The Utah Board of Water Resources (UBWR) responded to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) request for supplemental information on the Lake Powell Pipeline Project on August 11, 2017. Click the link below to continue reading… FERC- UDWR response 10-17-17 2.     The twenty-first century Colorado River hot drought and implications for the future Bradley…

Clarke-Vickers Letter – invitation to dialog

Dear Mr. Clarke and Sen. Vickers, Thank you for submitting the referenced Op-Eds describing the reasons you think the monument designation should be changed. We invite you to engage in a respectful discussion about the issues you raised. We are a group of ordinary citizens in southwest Utah that formed 11 years ago in response…

Utah Water Strategy – Suggested Comments

This document contains a collection of suggested comments to Utah Water Strategy from Conserve Southwest Utah. Here is an example: Section and Page: Section 2.4 on Regional and Interstate Rivers, page 30-31 Comment: This section includes a sales pitch on two expensive, controversial projects: the Lake Powell Pipeline and the Bear River Project. While it…

HR 2423 Email

1. HR 2423 undermines the legislative provisions in public law 111-11, also known as the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Lands Bill), which established the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area (NCA) to protect tortoise habitat and sensitive ecosystem in Washington County, Utah.  The proposed bill designates a four-lane highway through the NCA, circumventing all…