In 1996 President Bill Clinton used the Antiquities Act to declare the Grand Staircase Escalante Monument in Utah. The monument covers about 80% of Garfield and Kane County and it has created some challenges for the local governments in terms of generating funds to support the services that they need to provide to their counties. Now 15 years later the question is has it created the economic benefits from tourism that the monument was supposed to create, and what direction are Kane and Garfield taking in order to make the Monument work. Terry Wood has the story.
We’ve been discussing monument land planning in the counties and the impacts of setting aside lands for protection vs. development. How are the county by county land use bills pulling groups together to become more collaborative in land use planning?
There is a cooperative effort being made by all the parties involved to reach an agreement over the washes in Southern Utah. There are strong feelings, but everyone is talking. How will the issue be handled, and what will happen with the future segments of the road still remains to be dealt with.
The discussion rejoins to talk about the possible expansion of authority over the waters of the United States from a definition in the Clean Water Act of 1972 that accounts for the navigable waters of the United States. How far up the river does the corp.’s Authority extend, and how is that established?