Utah Water Strategy Recommendations

In 2013, Governor Gary Herbert asked the State Water Strategy Advisory Team to make recommendations for a 50-year state water strategy. This long-range strategy will help ensure Utah has the water resources that will maintain a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and a thriving economy for generations to come even as Utah’s population doubles by 2060. Envision Utah has facilitated the advisory team, and the team’s efforts were part of the Your Utah, Your Future project, where more than 52,000 Utahns weighed in on their priorities for the future of Utah. The advisory team has also put in countless hours of research, intense discussion, and listening to the public to write these recommendations.

On July 19, 2017, the final recommendations will be delivered to Governor Herbert. Before then, the public can review the document and provide comments below from Thursday, June 15, through Monday, June 26. Utahns can also give public comment at a meeting on Wednesday, June 28, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the state office building auditorium (350 N. State Street, State Office Building Auditorium, Salt Lake City, Utah 84114). Following that public comments meeting, the advisory team will deliberate further to establish the final language of the recommendations. 

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Review and Comment on the Water Strategy Recommendations

You can download the document by clicking on the link below. The second link will take you to the comment submission form. This is a dynamic document with minor changes being added from time to time. The advisory team will finalize the document after June 28.

You will be able to submit comments on this website until 11:59pm MDT on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Download the Latest Draft of the State Water Strategy that Incorporates the Comments We Have Received

Download an Older State Water Strategy Draft Here

Submit Your Comments Here 


Water Strategy Advisory Team


Tage Flint
Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

Tim Hawkes
Great Salt Lake Brine Shrimp Cooperative, Inc. & Utah House of Representatives
Warren Peterson
Farmland Reserve Inc.


Tom Adams
Utah Governor's Office of Outdoor Recreation

Walt Baker
Utah Division of Water Quality

Richard Bay
Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

Todd Bingham
Utah Manufactures Association

Joel Briscoe
Utah House of Representatives

Sterling Brown
Utah Farm Bureau

Charley Bulletts
Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

Steve Clyde
Clyde Snow Attorneys at Law

Lynn de Freitas
Friends of Great Salt Lake

Joan DeGiorgio
The Nature Conservancy, Utah Chapter

Keith Denos
Provo River Water Users Association

Stephanie Duer
Salt Lake City Public Utilities

Joanna Endter-Wada
Utah State University

Steve Erickson
Great Basin Water Network

Bob Fotheringham
Cache County Water Manager

Robert Gillies
State Climatologist

Keith Grover
State Representative

Jodi Hoffmann
Utah League of Cities and Towns

Scott Jenkins
Utah Senate

Kent Jones
State Engineer

Voneene Jorgensen
Bear River Water Conservancy District

JT Martin
IWM Integrated

Dan McCool
University of Utah

Eric Millis
Division of Water Resources


Leland Myers
Central Davis Sewer District

Ralph Okerlund
Utah Senate

Shane Pace
Sandy City Public Utilities

Dale Pierson
Rural Water Association of Utah

Wayne Pullan
Bureau of Reclamation

Gene Shawcroft
Central Utah Water Conservancy District

Mark Sovine
Grand County Water and Sewer District

Ron Thompson
Washington County Water Conservancy District

Jane Whalen
Citizens for Dixie's Future

Jody Williams
Holland and Hart