Chief Sponsor: Rich Cunningham

Senate Sponsor: Jani Iwamoto


9     General Description:
10          This concurrent resolution expresses support for the interlocal cooperation agreement
11     between state agencies and other governmental entities that have interests in the Jordan
12     River watershed.
13     Highlighted Provisions:
14          This concurrent resolution:
15          ▸     supports the involvement of the Utah Transit Authority, the Utah Department of
16     Natural Resources, and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality in the
17     Jordan River Commission; and
18          ▸     encourages the development of comprehensive management plans for the Jordan
19     River and its stream banks that address:
20               •     conservation and protection of the river's natural resources;
21               •     maintenance and development of recreation access; and
22               •     responsible economic development activities around the river.
23     Special Clauses:
24          None

26     Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
27          WHEREAS, an Interlocal Cooperation Agreement (Agreement) establishing the Jordan

28     River Commission was created in 2010;
29          WHEREAS, the Agreement is between state agencies and political subdivisions,
30     including the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Environmental Quality, the
31     Utah Transit Authority, the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, Utah County, Davis
32     County, Salt Lake County, municipalities located within the Jordan River watershed, and other
33     interested governmental and non-governmental parties;
34          WHEREAS, the Agreement is entered into by the parties in order to:
35               •     develop and implement comprehensive management plans for the Jordan
36     River and its stream banks;
37               •     encourage and promote multiple uses of the Jordan River;
38               •     conserve and protect the Jordan River's natural resources;
39               •     maintain and develop recreation access to the Jordan River; and
40               •     monitor and promote responsible economic development activities
41     around the Jordan River;
42          WHEREAS, the parties to the Agreement are enthusiastic about cooperating and
43     coordinating on decisions about the Jordan River's future;
44          WHEREAS, the governing board of the Jordan River Commission currently consists of:
45               •     an appointed elected official from each participating county;
46               •     an appointed elected official from each participating municipality;
47               •     an appointed representative from each participating department,
48     division, or agency of the State of Utah;
49               •     an individual appointed by the Governor of the State of Utah;
50               •     an appointed member of the Utah Legislature whose district includes
51     residents along the Jordan River;
52               •     an appointed representative from each ex officio member; and
53               •     an appointed member from each limited purpose local government
54     entity;
55          WHEREAS, the state should be a party to any ongoing dialogue and involvement in the
56     Jordan River's future and development, and should be at the forefront of input and planning;
57          WHEREAS, the Utah Transit Authority and state agencies, including the Department of
58     Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality, have a desire and obligation

59     to help the Jordan River Commission succeed;
60          WHEREAS, these entities have committed to supporting the Jordan River Commission
61     through financial or in-kind contributions, including office space, computers, telephone and
62     Internet, GIS mapping, copying and printing, and use of equipment; and
63          WHEREAS, the Agreement also provides that the Utah Transit Authority and state
64     agencies, including the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental
65     Quality, may withdraw from the Jordan River Commission after proper notice of intent to
66     withdraw:
67          NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
68     Governor concurring therein, gives approval to the Utah Transit Authority and state agencies,
69     including the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality,
70     to enter into the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement with the Jordan River Commission.
71          BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be sent to the Jordan River
72     Commission, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, the Utah Department of
73     Environmental Quality, the Utah Transit Authority, and the Governor of the state of Utah.

Legislative Review Note
     as of 1-30-15 12:58 PM

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