Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act

Congressman Jim Matheson
2013-07-25 14:04:54
Congressman Jim Matheson, 4th Congressional District of Utah Dear Friend, As we come together and reflect on our history in the Salt Lake Valley this week, many things that attracted the pioneers to Utah continue to be valued today.� In particular, since 1847, something that has distinguished our prosperity, quality of life, and growth in the arid West has been the reliable clean water from the canyons of the Wasatch Range. Through projects like the Central Utah Project and its series of reservoirs, pipes and canals, Utah has been able to store snow melt from the mountain peaks and move it into the valley�s population centers. The ability to capture and store water is vital for economic and population growth across Salt Lake County.� In order for us to continue to attract new businesses and support the growth we are proud to see in our state, a healthy and abundant water source must be a top priority. Our prosperity and quality of life are directly linked to clean, reliable water supplies. With that in mind, again this year I have introduced the Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act. My legislation, first introduced in 2010, creates additional wilderness areas on Grandeur Peak, Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, and Lone Peak; sets aside more than 10,000 acres within �special management areas� to strengthen watershed protection while continuing permitted use by helicopter skiing; and resolves conflicts between backcountry skiers and potential ski resort proposed expansion into White Pine Canyon and Flagstaff. It also provides access to maintain private water supplies and allows for avalanche control to ensure public safety. I originally introduced the Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act in early 2010, following a lengthy stakeholder process that brought together representatives from the ski industry, outdoor recreation and canyon user groups, environmental organizations and local municipalities. Through an open and collaborative process this stakeholder group met for over a year, hammering out compromises on many issues that led to the initial language of the bill. Since its first introduction in 2010, the bill has had a congressional hearing in which the Forest Service offered several suggestions that have been incorporated into the current language. For 25 years, many stakeholders have talked about the goal of watershed protection and enhanced recreation in the central Wasatch. With this legislation, a locally-driven, open and transparent public lands collaboration will provide a path forward to accomplish that goal. For complete text of the legislation and to view a map of the proposal, please go to my website www.matheson.house.gov [link 1].� I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community.� Please let me know [link 2] areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information.� I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.
July 25, 2013

Dear Friend,

As we come together and reflect on our history in the Salt Lake Valley this week, many things that attracted the pioneers to Utah continue to be valued today.  In particular, since 1847, something that has distinguished our prosperity, quality of life, and growth in the arid West has been the reliable clean water from the canyons of the Wasatch Range.

Through projects like the and its series of reservoirs, pipes and canals, Utah has been able to store snow melt from the mountain peaks and move it into the valley�s population centers. The ability to capture and store water is vital for economic and population growth across Salt Lake County.  In order for us to continue to attract new businesses and support the growth we are proud to see in our state, a healthy and abundant water source must be a top priority.

Our prosperity and quality of life are directly linked to clean, reliable water supplies. With that in mind, again this year I have introduced the

My legislation, first introduced in 2010, creates additional wilderness areas on Grandeur Peak, Mt. Olympus, Twin Peaks, and Lone Peak; sets aside more than 10,000 acres within �special management areas� to strengthen watershed protection while continuing permitted use by helicopter skiing; and resolves conflicts between backcountry skiers and potential ski resort proposed expansion into White Pine Canyon and Flagstaff. It also provides access to maintain private water supplies and allows for avalanche control to ensure public safety.

I originally introduced the Wasatch Wilderness and Watershed Protection Act in early 2010, following a lengthy stakeholder process that brought together representatives from the ski industry, outdoor recreation and canyon user groups, environmental organizations and local municipalities. Through an open and collaborative process this stakeholder group met for over a year, hammering out compromises on many issues that led to the initial language of the bill. Since its first introduction in 2010, the bill has had a congressional hearing in which the Forest Service offered several suggestions that have been incorporated into the current language.

For 25 years, many stakeholders have talked about the goal of watershed protection and enhanced recreation in the central Wasatch. With this legislation, a locally-driven, open and transparent public lands collaboration will provide a path forward to accomplish that goal.

For
of the legislation and to view a I am honored to serve in Congress on behalf of Utah families like yours. As your representative, I always appreciate hearing from you on current topics and issues affecting you and our community.  Please let me know areas you find especially interesting or where I can provide you with additional information.  I value your ideas and look forward to hearing from you.


Sincerely,

U.S. Representative
4th District of Utah
 

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