Achieving Recovery: Information & Education

  >   A Recovery Program participant talks with a Utah resident during a public open house.

Upon initiation of the recovery program, a public opinion survey revealed that a large portion of the local public perceived Utah Lake as a polluted body of water that was underutilized. The local public generally supported the Endangered Species Act but had low regard for the June sucker, particularly if recovery of it had potential for conflict with public interests, such as recreational angling, boating and other water sports. Interpretation and education highlighting the value of Utah Lake, its ecosystem, the June sucker and recovery elements is an important and challenging part of the program.

The program has funded research that includes one-on-one stakeholder interviews and a statewide public opinion survey in order to develop a communications and public outreach plan. A local public relations firm has been contracted to aid the program in implementing the communications plan. A number of activities are being conducted under this recovery element, perhaps the most notable being the publication of a book entitled Utah Lake: Legacy, authored by local historian Robert Carter, that is a historical account of Utah Lake and the important role the native fish community played in the local heritage.