UTAH DROUGHT

Utah Rivers Council wants an investigation of water district

Jul 1, 2021, 5:47 PM

Utah River Council...

As Earth Day turns 50, celebrations have moved online. The City Nature Challenge is one of those opportunities. (The Great Salt Lake. Photo credit: Brandon Montrone-Pexels)

(The Great Salt Lake. Photo credit: Brandon Montrone-Pexels)

SALT LAKE CITY – – The Utah Rivers Council submitted a petition to the Utah Attorney General this week, asking for an investigation of what it says are conflicts of interest involving Christine Finlinson, an assistant general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District.

Zach Frankel, executive director of the Utah Rivers Council, says lobbying by the district has stopped the passage of important water conservation measures.

“The Central Utah Water Conservation District has been one of the lead opponents to conserving water for the last 20 years in Utah,” Frankel told KSL NewsRadio.

Tom Bruton, who is also an assistant general manager of the water district, defended his colleague. He says Finlinson, a former legislator as well as a lobbyist, has been both effective and circumspect.

“As an employee of the district, [she’s] very careful of that line to make sure there are no inappropriate actions on her part,” Bruton said.

A news release from the Utah Rivers Council says upstream water diversions have depleted the Great Salt Lake dramatically, and are partly responsible for the near-record low level of the lake.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Utah Drought

Deseret News writer Joe Bauman in the background looks at the irrigation ditches with no water and ...

Adam Small

More than half of Utah is now ‘abnormally dry,’ but still not in a drought.

The latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor lists 53% of Utah's land as 'abnormally dry' but the state is still not in a drought.

12 hours ago

East/west traffic on 4700 South at Bangerter Highway is going to shut down for a year due to constr...

Adam Small

How Utah construction workers are battling triple digit heat

Construction crews are having to deal with intense heat in Utah state this summer by taking breaks and communicating with one another.

8 days ago

Shrinking Great Salt Lake...

Ben Winslow, FOX 13

Lake-effect drought? New study shows a shrinking Great Salt Lake may exacerbate Utah’s drought conditions

A new study shows the impact of the shrinking Great Salt Lake could be exacerbating drought conditions.

10 days ago

Colorado River Basin...

Adam Small

Utah, other Colorado River Basin states want to ensure conserved water gets to Lake Powell

Water managers from Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico recently adopted a resolution to begin work to create a program that tracks conserved water.

11 days ago

Great Salt Lake...

Adam Small

Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell reach multi-year highs, but one is already losing water

Great Salt Lake and Lake Powell have seen increased their water levels however, Great Salt Lake has started to recede.

23 days ago

Parts of Utah have been given a heat advisory on Sunday. A view of the state Capitol and the Salt L...

Kennedy Camarena

Parts of Utah under excessive heat warning

Utah has been given two different kinds of heat advisories for parts of the state by the National Weather Service on Sunday.

27 days ago

Sponsored Articles

A young woman smiles while reading the menu at a lakeside restaurant, enjoying the panoramic view o...

Bear Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

The best restaurants to try in Bear Lake

Save this guide to the best restaurants in Bear Lake when you need to find a place to dine during your next visit.

Female leg stepping on weigh scales. Healthy lifestyle, food and sport concept....

Health Utah

Sustainable weight loss: the science-backed way to achieve it

Learn more about Debbie's weight loss journey with Health Utah, who have a unique weight loss philosophy for success.

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

Utah Rivers Council wants an investigation of water district