Janet Quinney Lawson Institute for Land, Water & Air

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We envision a Utah that values its shared resources to provide a high quality of life for its citizens. We guide policy by connecting decision-makers with high-quality research.

2023 REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE

The 2023 Report by the Janet Quinney Lawson Institute, presented to the Governor and Legislature, highlights key environmental challenges in Utah. It offers expert insights into land, water, and air issues, guiding informed policy decisions for the state's future.

Featured Projects

BEAR LAKE

We are working on the Bear Lake Comprehensive Management Plan to address key issues affecting Bear Lake.

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GREAT SALT LAKE

We are working with partners around the state to understand the lake and positively impact its future.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE GREAT SALT LAKE

COLORADO RIVER

We are working with partners around the state to spread awareness of key issues regarding the river.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE COLORADO RIVER

THIS WEEK IN UTAH'S LAND, WATER, AND AIR

July 11, 2024

To start with the obvious, IT IS HOT OUT THERE! Heat warnings extend across Utah and throughout the west. These warnings will seemingly stay in effect at least through the end of the week. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada hit a record that I’m pretty sure no...

July 3, 2024

Speaking of fireworks, the U.S. Supreme Court ended their term this past week with a bang, through multiple rulings that will have large implications for Utah.

June 26, 2024

It’s a weeks of twos! Here are two new legal developments this week that may affect future land use in Utah: 1) The state is joining Wyoming to sue the federal government over the BLM’s Public Lands Rule, which puts conservation on equal footing with comm...

2023 REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ON UTAH'S LAND, WATER, & AIR

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More than half of the respondents are very concerned about drought/lack of water, poor air quality, and the drying of Great Salt Lake. View the full report or download the pdf version.

By understanding more of the nuances of Utah’s unique landscapes, geography, resources, and challenges, all of us can make wiser choices.

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