Thanks for the work, a buffer is absolutely needed, around the entire lake really. Development isn't getting any better and areas important to the waterfowl and hunting need to be protected.The Utah Waterfowl Association and representatives of several clubs have been engaged on this issue for months. We have met with the relocation consultants, politicians, and representatives of other groups. No development would be ideal but unlikely in the long term. Putting the prison there will no doubt speed development far faster than anyone would like; however, we and others have been working towards a solution that will buffer the wetlands in the area. The Audubon Society, as a landowner in the area, has been heavily engaged as well. So have The Nature Conservancy and Friends of the GSL. We and the clubs have put in considerable effort on this and will continue to do so. The effort really extends back several years to when the Church owned the land and was planning a large development. We spent countless hours behind the scenes working on a conservation buffer at that time. The Church then sold the land. That effort was revitalized when it became apparent some months ago that this area was the front runner to get the prison. We will continue to push for thisbuffer and other protections.
Let me add to this, it doesn't matter whether there is a (R) or (D) behind their name, they all bow to the $$$ someone is willing to put in front of them for their votes or political favors...When Politicians and big money guys see $$$$ in their eyes not much matters as far as the environment or outdoor activities go. Just look around and see the developments up the sides of the mountains, in what used to be marshlands along the lakeshore and in the resort and ski areas.
This quote from the article perfectly shows our states disregard the the thought that areas are worth more than development and cash sometimes. The east side is being looked at closer and I would hope they end up building it on the east portion that has been chosen. The fact the west portion is being looked at because it would make further development easier, is the last thing you want to hear.The west location is about 1.5 miles closer to the Great Salt Lake and is owned by members of the Pedroncelli family, who operate a winery in California's Sonoma Valley. On the plus side, extending utilities closer to the lake would make it easier to develop the rest of this area. But this more-remote site sits at a lower elevation, and that could be a big problem. Any construction below 4,217 feet could be covered in water if the lake rises in the coming decades. Parts of this site are at 4,215 feet, meaning crews would have to bring in enough fill - Nardi put the estimate at 2.2 million tons - to raise the site above the flood plain.