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Events of Interest
Big thanks to all of our members that attended our Spring Banquet at the Timbermine! It was very successful and will allow us to take on a project or two that will be beneficial to airboaters and/or the Great Salt Lake. If you have an idea of how we can help out, please contact one of the Association officers and pass it on. Thanks!
Have an idea for a project that helps airboaters, waterfowl, or the GSL wetlands? Let us know!
We had about 8 boats turn out for the nesting project at Farmington Bay. It was chilly, but our guys got right after it, and the end result will be better nesting opportunities for ducks and geese!
Feb 1rst, 2022
The Utah Airboat Association encourages our members to contact their legislator (text or email) and urge them to support bills that help the GSL, Utah Lake, and water available for waterfowl. To find your representative, use this link District Map (utah.gov) or google Utah legislative lookup.
Some of the important bills in the last legislative session were::
HB 33 Instream Flow (Rep. Joel Ferry): This bill would allow water rights holders to lease water for the purpose of maintaining the GSL and other sovereign land. This would be a very important tool to allow water to reach the GSL and our wetlands.
HB 157 Sovereign Lands Revenue Amendments (Rep. Hawkes): This bill requires money derived from the GSL (such as royalties and mineral leases) to actually be used for lake improvement and management. The GSL itself has no water rights, but this would allow the Division of Fire, Forestry and State Lands to acquire water rights for use on our sovereign lands (mostly the GSL and our wetlands).
HB 118 Wetland Amendments (Rep. Snider): This bill would require collection of wetland data to provide the state with information on wetlands and require a study of in-lieu wetland mitigation. They can’t help protect our wetlands if they have no data!
We DO NOT support: HB 232 Utah Lake Authority (Rep. Brammer): This bill provides a mechanism to allow the Utah Lake authority to make changes to the Utah Lake which could easily lead to dredging and building islands in Utah Lake for housing developments. It is not a good thing for waterfowlers, but it would be great for developers. On the other hand, HB 240 Utah Lake (Rep. Stratton) would require any selling off of Utah Lake sovereign lands to first be approved by the legislature. That is the least they can do before selling off our public lands around and under Utah Lake!