Utah Lake expert criticizes new nutrient standard

Desert News
September 29, 2017
By Desert News
A retired BYU professor and Utah Lake expert recently dropped a water bomb on a legislative committee, imploring lawmakers to put a halt to upgrades at sewage plants to tackle nutrient pollution.

LaVere Merritt told the Legislature's Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Interim Committee that a new phosphorus rule to take effect in 2020 won't do any good to solve Utah Lake's algal bloom problems and will cost residents millions in unnecessary fee increases.

Afterward, the Wasatch Front Water Quality Council — made up of wastewater treatment plants that discharge into Utah Lake — was quick to stress that Merritt's request did not reflect its position. For the full story, click here.

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