In addition to voting for county, state and national candidates on November 8th, local residents are also asked to vote on a local issue: a water conservancy district. Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-District 25, says he has spent a lot of time at the legislature over the last 10 years trying to find ways to protect Cache County’s water.
“We really need a water conservation district to protect our water, to plan what we want to do in the future and try and straighten out all the water rights we have now,” Hillyard says. “Many of them are not being used very effectively because people do not have gardens anymore, they give land to the city and the city gets water rights because of that.
“We need an entity like that to sort all that out, and possibly be at the table when other, bigger water conservancy districts who already have rights to develop water in our valley, start making their planning so we can be at the table.”
The Cache County Council has declared a water conservancy district to be its number one priority at this time.