People for Wise Water Planning (Cache County, Utah)
People for Wise Water Planning Papers
1979-1994 ( inclusive )
12 boxes (6 linear feet)
USU_COLL MSS 304
This collection contains the papers of People for Wise Water Planning and spans the period from 1979 to 1994. These papers are organized by file name and include meeting minutes, correspondence, legal papers, working files, publications about the water conservancy district (WCD) debate, a log of newspaper clippings that follow the evolution of the PWWP's actions, papers concerning the forgery of signatures by pro-WCD individuals, and other related materials.
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Material in English
In 1989 a group of local residents in Cache County, Utah organized People for Wise Water Planning (PWWP), an organization which opposed the creation of a proposed water conservancy district (WCD) in Cache Valley. PWWP was officially organized on February 23, 1989 with Alice Lindahl as director, Karen Fisher as secretary, and Stephen Flint as treasurer. PWWP opposed the creation of a Cache WCD for various reasons, including that the PWWP did not believe there was water crisis in Cache County, it saw no need for the county-wide boundaries advocated by the WCD, believed that the WCD would not solve any present or future problems but instead would cause environmental damage, the WCD would have the power to increase taxes, and that WCDs, in general, were undemocratic and unaccountable to the people they purported to represent and serve.
Once the PWWP was officially organized its members printed and distributed flyers, sent out monthly newsletters, attended and spoke at city council meetings, wrote letters-to-the-editor of local newspapers, staged protests, and engaged in other similar acts to oppose the formation of the district. The PWWP also hired a lawyer to combat the formation of the WCD.
A WCD in Utah is created by collecting signatures of property owners. Each taxing district – cities and unincorporated areas – need a certain percentage of signatures that equals a certain percentage of taxable property. In order to defeat a WCD district signatures of property owners must also be collected, but must equal a greater amount of the taxable property than those in favor. Once enough signatures had been obtained to create a district those opposed had only a limited time to gather enough signatures to defeat the district.
On Dec. 6, 1989 the Herald Journal reported that those in favor of creating a Cache WCD had obtained the needed signatures to begin officially organizing the WCD and later that week the Cache County Council voted to endorse the formation of the Cache WCD. However, the organization of the WCD slowed in response to criticism by Cache County Attorney Gary McKean, who stated that he would not give legal council to the pro-WCD organizers because WCDs, although legal institutions, were not led by democratically elected officials ( Herald Journal, 22 Jan. 1990).
Throughout the following months the PWWP gathered signatures in opposition to establishing a WCD. In early February 1990 Representative Evan Olsen, R-Young Ward, filed House Bill 389 which sought to increase the number of signatures opposition parties needed to halt the establishment of a WCD. However, after coming under intense criticism, the bill was withdrawn by Olsen at the end of February.
Finally, in the summer of 1990, Judge Gordon Low dismissed the pro-district petition because the petitioners changed the proposed WCD boundaries after the petition had been submitted.
This twelve-box collection contains the papers of People for Wise Water Planning and spans the period of 1979 to 1994. These papers consist of the office files of PWWP and have been organized alphabetically by file name. Included in this collection are PWWP meeting minutes, correspondence, legal papers, working files, publications about the WCD debate, a log of newspaper clippings that follow the evolution of the PWWP's actions, papers concerning the forgery of signatures by pro-WCD individuals, and other similar materials.
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.
Restrictions on Use :
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the People for Wise Water Planning Papers must
be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections
Preferred Citation :
People for Wise Water Planning Papers USU_COLL MSS 304,
Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.
Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 304,
Arranged in alphabetical order.
Processing Note :
Processed in June of 2006
Acquisition Information :
The materials in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections by Brad Cole in 1994.
Bibliography : Source:
Brad Cole, June 2006.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Files of PWWP, A-B, 1979-1990
Ad hoc committee file
“Alternatives to Water Conservancy Districts,” papers, notes, legal documents, and other
“Alternatives to Water Conservancy Districts,” papers, notes, legal documents, and other continued
Apple, Jeffery W., attorney from Salt Lake City, file prepared by Apple for the PWWP