Who We Are
Emigration Canyon Home Owners Association (“The ECHO-Association“) is a private partnership of Emigration Canyon homeowners registered with the State of Utah and formed in January 2014 to pool information and resources providing a collective remedy for what the Third Amended Federal Complaint of the Emigration Canyon Lawsuit and the pending Emigration Canyon Water Litigation alleged to be over three decades of gross mismanagement of scarce water resources by public officials of the Emigration Improvement District (“EID” aka ECID), Emigration Canyon Mayor Joe Smolka and private land-developers R. Steve Creamer, The Boyer Company L.C., City Development Inc., and the Butler Crockett & Walsh Development Corp.
♦ Despite having tested positive since 1994 for all four (4) water sources, in November 2019, EID General Manager Eric Hawkes of the Simplifi Company informed its water users for the first time in 25 years that the EID water system had surpassed federal levels for the mandatory reporting of Lead Contamination;
♦ Although there are over 760 acres currently listed for sale in Emigration Canyon under MLS Nrs. 1531520, 1531527, 1531802, 1578889, 1500208, 1617298 and1638507, Utah Open Lands recently expended $700,000.00 (including $250,000.00 in public funds from Salt Lake Country taxpayers) “to save” 4.6 acres of the Owl Meadow from undisclosed private land-developers;
♦ Financial records however reveal that EID trustees Michael Scott Hughes, David Bradford, and Brent Tippets promised future water service to at least 97 vacant parcels including private land-developers and “EID Advisory Committee Members” R. Steve Creamer, Walter J. Plumb III, Steve Hook to include EID “independent contractor” Bill Cutting;
♦ Despite overwhelming evidence of Groundwater Mining of Emigration Canyon’s Twin Creek Aquifer, and the destructive results documented in Alicante, Spain, western and central United States and in Cedar Valley, Utah, the State Engineer Kent L. Jones approved EID’s proposal to construct over 500 new residential units in Emigration Canyon as planned; and,
♦ Relieve Emigration Canyon taxpayers of $6.3 million of federally-backed debt,
♦ Prevent the continued Groundwater Mining of Emigration Canyon Aquifers,