Guide to the People for Wise Water Planning Papers,
1979-1994

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Creator: People for Wise Water Planning (Cache County, Utah)
Title: People for Wise Water Planning Papers
Dates: 1979-1994 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 12 boxes (6 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 304
Summary: 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.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

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.

Content Description

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 Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial 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, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

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
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Ad hoc committee file Undated
1 2 “Alternatives to Water Conservancy Districts,” papers, notes, legal documents, and other Undated
1 3 “Alternatives to Water Conservancy Districts,” papers, notes, legal documents, and other continued Undated
1 4 Answering service Undated
1 5 Apple, Jeffery W., attorney from Salt Lake City, file prepared by Apple for the PWWP 1991
1 6 Attorney file, meeting drafts Undated
1 7 Attempts to add names 1991
1 8 Bagley, Jay M., essays and statements 1979-1990
1 9 Bagley, Jay M., file Undated
1 10 Box Elder County Undated

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Files of PWWP, B-E, 1980-1994
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
2 1 Bonneville Bench Study 1990
2 2 Central Utah Project Undated
2 3 Central Utah water conservation district, reports Undated
2 4 Correspondence 1980-1994
2 5 Correspondence and mailings 1980-1989
2 6 Correspondence and papers 1980
2 7 Court documents, protests Undated
2 8 Double signers petition Undated
2 9 Editorials Undated
2 10 Endorsement add Undated

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Files of PWWP, F-L, 1988-1989
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
3 1 Forgery material, general Undated
3 2 Forgery material, Jimmy White Undated
3 3 Forgery material, Tooele County Undated
3 4 Forgery material, Uintah County Undated
3 5 Forgery material, verifications Undated
3 6 Fund raiser Undated
3 7 Frank Haws write-ups Undated
3 8 Hoggan interrogatories Undated
3 9 Holmgren’s water seminar Undated
3 10 Hubner reports Undated
3 11 In/out problem Undated
3 12 Incorporation papers of PWWP Undated
3 13 Iron County WCD Undated
3 14 IRS/STC Undated
3 15 Jenny Christensen Show – Crosstalk 1988
3 16 League of Women Voters of Utah, papers Undated
3 17 Legislature 1988
3 18 Legislature 1989
3 19 Letters to the editor Undated

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Files of PWWP, L-N, 1976-1991
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
4 1 List of petition signers 1990 March
4 2 “Local Consequences of Reclamation Overkill,” by A. LeBaron and K. Wilde 1976
4 3 Logan City Undated
4 4 LWV fight, meeting minutes of various task forces 1997
4 5 Mailing list Undated
4 6 Maps of the water district in Cache Valley Undated
4 7 Mayors of Cache County Undated
4 8 Meeting Minutes of PWWP 1989
4 9 Motions files on behalf of PWWP 1991
4 10 Newsletters Undated
4 11 Newspaper articles about the PWWP and the proposed WCD Undated

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Files of PWWP, N-P
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
5 1 Newspaper articles about the PWWP and the proposed WCD Undated
5 2 Newspaper articles about the PWWP and the proposed WCD Undated
5 3 Newspaper articles about the PWWP and the proposed WCD Undated
5 4 North Logan case Undated
5 5 Notes taken in court Undated
5 6 Numbers, percent requirement Undated
5 7 Objections Undated
5 8 “Options for Water Management in Cache County” Undated
5 9 Owens Valley story Undated
5 10 Our motions/supporting data Undated
5 11 Pamphlet drafts Undated

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Files of PWWP, P
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
6 1 Pamphlet input Undated
6 2 Pamphlet, short Undated
6 3 PWWP loan papers Undated
6 4 PWWP notes Undated
6 5 PWWP office records
(removed from 3-ring binder)
Undated
6 6 PWWP records
(removed from a 3-ring binder)
Undated
6 7 PWWP records (removed from a 3-ring binder) continued Undated

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Files of PWWP, P-S
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
7 1 PWWP records continued
(removed from a 3-ring binder)
Undated
7 2 Petitions, unable to find number Undated
7 3 Press releases of PWWP Undated
7 4 Pro-petition and additional input Undated
7 5 Pro and con data Undated
7 6 Pro witnesses Undated
7 7 Property value totals, L. Ferguson Undated
7 8 Protest, general Undated
7 9 Protest water filing, correspondence and papers Undated
7 10 Questionnaires Undated
7 11 Request to return petition Undated
7 12 Salt Lake County WCD description Undated
7 13 Sandy City, Utah Undated
7 14 Slide show Undated

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Files of PWWP, S-W
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
8 1 “Some Points to Ponder Regarding a Water Conservancy District,” by PWWP Undated
8 2 South Cache Valley landownership Undated
8 3 South Cache Project Preliminary Feasibility Report 1976
8 4 The State of Utah Water 1975
8 5 Summary of petition signatures Undated
8 6 Taxes/comparisons Undated
8 7 USU water lab Undated
8 8 Utah Water Symposium papers 1979
8 9 Verification of signatures Undated
8 10 Voter records, checked signatures Undated
8 11 Water Laws of Utah 1964
8 12 WCD directory Undated
8 13 WCD laws 1990
8 14 WCD laws, new and old Undated
8 15 Weber Basin WCD Undated

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Files of PWWP, S-W
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Files of PWWP, taxroll and publication, oversized
Box
9 Cache County taxroll within the WCD 1989
9 Issue of Bridgerland, “Water: A Precious Resource,” Herald Journal 1989
Files of PWWP, taxroll, oversized
Box
10 Cache County taxroll within the WCD 1990
Files of PWWP, taxroll, oversized, Marjorie Lewis file, and map of the Cache WCD
Box
11 Cache County taxroll within the WCD 1990
11 Marjorie Lewis file on taxroll papers
11 Map of the Cache WCD
Taxroll and list of signatures in favor of the Cache WCD 1990
Box
12 Cache County taxroll within the WCD 1990
WCD signatures in favor of a WCD part A 1990
12 WCD signatures in favor of a WCD, part B 1990

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • People for Wise Water Planning (Cache County, Utah)--Records and correspondence.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Water resources development--Utah--Cache County.

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