How simmering conflicts over canyon land, the Mountain Accord and Facebook erupted into Utah’s latest water war
By Emma Penrod | Salt Lake Tribune
Utah lawmakers have declared a cease-fire in the state’s most recent water war, but it’s unclear for now whether the truce will be permanent.
A political feud that took shape largely behind the scenes of the 2018 legislative session entangled some of the state’s top water experts, city officials, developers and key legislators before all temporarily lowered their guns.
It stemmed from a series of long-standing disputes over canyon development, green space, the Mountain Accord — and even Facebook. At least five related bills ultimately emerged on Capitol Hill, all tied to the same three lawmakers and their late-2017 meeting with a controversial would-be developer turned activist.