The Central Wasatch National Conservation
and Recreation Area Act
The Original Bill
Representatives from local government, Utah Governor’s office and state legislature, private business, environmental organizations and recreation interests, and residents worked together over the course of four years to reach consensus on a bill that aims to resolve decades of conflict over how the Central Wasatch mountains are used and enjoyed.
In 2016, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced bill H.R.5718, the Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area Act that proposed the creation of The Central Wasatch National Conservation and Recreation Area . The bill’s objectives were to balance the need to protect drinking water, preserve recreational opportunities and traditions, enhance access, and accommodate future population growth.
While H.R.5718 failed to make it out of committee, stakeholders persisted by engaging the public for comment and have made changes to the legislation. The CWC staff and board are working with the Utah Federal Delegation to set a timeline for reintroduction of the legislation, with changes implemented.