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Letter: A lake filled with multi-million dollar homes would be an ‘unmitigated disaster’

(Isaac Hale | Special to The Tribune) The American Fork Boat Harbor at Utah Lake on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Utahns concerned about the wisdom of the proposed Utah Lake restoration project – cleaning up lake pollution and building man-made islands covered with homes – might consider doing two things:

First, do some online research: check the report from Brigham Young University about the project. That report challenges several key assumptions and assertions in the developer’s proposal. It also raises the concerns that several of the developer’s statements ignore or totally misrepresent the science about the results and environmental effects of the project. The BYU report reaches the conclusion that the “project would be an unmitigated disaster for Utah Valley and Utah Lake.”

Second, walk along the shoreline of Utah Lake and enjoy its beauty. In late February, my six-year-old grandson Isaac and I spent time on the northwest shore where he crouched and watched the waves gently roll in, just as his Native American ancestors might have done centuries before. To the east stood snow-covered Mt. Timpanogos and other majestic peaks of the Wasatch Mountains. Despite some cloud cover, mountains were visible forty miles to the south – near Santaquin, Mona and the numerous ranches and orchards of that valley.

As you stand on the shore, a choice lies before you and future generations: a lake filled with multi-million-dollar homes, or the soothing reflection of moonlight at night and the sun sparkling on waves during the day.

It is time to nip this proposal in the bud.

Wes Davey, Lehi

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