What will Utah look like in 10, 20 or 50 years from now? This summer, Governor Herbert is asking the public to help decide.

The governor is seeking innovative solutions to our water needs that do not break the bank or dry up our streams – ideas that secure the long-term future of Utah. To assist him in this task, he has brought together a panel of water experts who have been asked to gather public input about the use, development and conservation of water in our state.

“To succeed, this must be a collaborative process – where everyone has a voice and where all ideas are welcome,” said Alan Matheson, the governor’s Environmental Advisor. “We need the general public’s help because at the end of the day, they are a major part of the solution. We invite all to participate in this important effort.”

The governor is seeking comments or suggestions about:

•Addressing competition for water resources

•Meeting the water needs of our growing population while protecting the environment and the beauty and outdoor lifestyle we enjoy

•Funding water infrastructure – for building new and/or upgrading existing infrastructure

•Defining the future of water for agriculture

•Addressing the complicated issues around water law and its application

•Using our water more efficiently

•Other issues related to our water future

The following public meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.  

•July 9 – Richfield

Sevier County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall

410 East 200 South, Richfield

•July 11 – Layton

Layton City Chambers

437 N. Wasatch Drive, Layton

•July 16 – Price

Price City Hall, Room 207

185 East Main, Price

•July 18 – Provo

Provo High School Auditorium

1125 N. University Avenue, Provo

•July 25 – St. George

DSU, Dunford Auditorium

225 South 700 East, St. George

•August 6 – Vernal

City Offices Community Room

447 East Main, Vernal

•August 13 – Salt Lake City

Dept. of Natural Resources Auditorium

1594 W. North Temple, SLC

• August 15 – Logan

Mt. Logan Middle School

875 North 200 East, Logan

Those not able to attend a meeting are able to submit comments online at www.utahswater.org. These comments, along with all remarks made at public meetings, will be summarized and submitted to the governor.