You may have seen the signs pinned into people’s front lawns, saying, “Vote yes to the Cache Water District”. Asking around, I’ve found that very few students here at Logan High are aware of what this is, or what it stands for.
In an effort to learn more about this cause, I visited the Cache Water District’s web page. It is stated there that the Cache Water District intends to “plan for and facilitate the long-term conservation, development, protection, distribution, management and stabilization of water rights in Cache Valley.” In simpler terms, they intend to find cost-effective ways to conserve water in Cache Valley, largely to benefit the future of our cities.
The idea of a water conservancy district has been brought up three times so far here in Cache valley, the first two failing in the early nineties. This time, it is a bit different. Advocates of the CWD are more committed to long term protection of our water. We as a community are also allowed to elect the board members this time around, which should help keep the district focused on what Logan needs.
"A poll taken here at Logan High suggests that only 1 out of every 5 high schoolers know about the intentions of the CWD."
A poll taken here at Logan High suggests that only 1 out of every 5 high schoolers know about the intentions of the CWD. This seems understandable, as we’re all just kids, so the voting of this district probably wouldn’t affect us anyway, right? Well, seeing as how the intentions of the CWD is to preserve water for the future, this organization could directly impact the future lives of anybody in Cache Valley.
In a short interview with Mr. Semadeni, the Environmental Science teacher here at LHS, he told me that he “voted for the Cache water District”, and that he supports it for the most part. He told me that preserving water is important, but some people are afraid of having another layer of government over them. What I’ve generally found through asking people around Logan, is that those who are aware of the Cache Water District and it’s intentions are usually in support of it.
There are many arguments against the Cache Water District, saying the raise in taxes might not be worth it, or that putting new people in charge of our water may be dangerous. It’s up to us as citizens to decide what might be right for Cache Valley.
Visit www.cachewaterdistrict.com for more information.
Note that the Cache Water District proposal passed 14,344 to 10,449 during the November election.
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