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Utah Water Laws Discourage Conservation on Farms

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Black Island Farms
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Charlie Black's farm in Syracuse, Utah

By Dan Bammes

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Salt Lake City, UT – While residents of Utah's urban areas are constantly reminded to "Slow the Flow" and conserve water, many of Utah's farmers are finding few reasons to change their water-using habits. Those who are conserving do it to increase crop yields, minimize labor costs or for reasons other than public policy. As KUER's Dan Bammes reports, there's just not much incentive under current law to encourage them to use less.

Read attorney Steven Clyde's white paper on agricultural water conservation under Utah's current water law in .doc format.

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