In 2015, the Mountain Accord environmental systems group determined that there wasn’t an easily accessible or centralized hub of information about the ecology of the Central Wasatch. Members of the environmental systems group asserted that without access to information about the environmental conditions in the Wasatch, it would be difficult to make decisions about how to recreate, travel, develop, and protect the Central Wasatch Mountains. This assertion served at the foundational concept in the development of the Environmental Dashboard, which, upon its completion, will serve as a centralized access point for information specific to several environmental indicators in the the Central Wasatch Mountain Range. The members of the environmental systems group under Mountain Accord in 2015, when the concept for the Dashboard was drafted, and the Central Wasatch Commission, now, envision the Dashboard serving as a tool for policy makers, technical users, other stakeholders, and the public as each user group evaluates impacts in future planning discussions specific to the Central Wasatch Mountains.
The Mountain Accord process came to a close in 2015 after the charter was signed, which called for the creation of the Central Wasatch Commission, the government entity tasked with implementing the Mountain Accord charter, carrying out transportation improvements for the Central Wasatch Mountain range, and seeing the Environmental Dashboard project to completion. At the time the Mountain Accord charter was signed, the Environmental Dashboard steering committee, program managers, and project consultants were in the middle of considerable work on the project — gathering data and developing the online framework. The project team paused work on the Environmental Dashboard to allow the Central Wasatch Commission time to take shape.
Work on the Dashboard has since resumed, and it is projected that the first iteration of the Dashboard will be online and available to the public in late 2020.