The ECHO-Association – Who We Are and Why

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 thereby providing a collective remedy for what the 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 by means of a water extraction method known as groundwater mining.

Although there are currently over 720 acres listed for sale in Emigration Canyon under MLS Nrs. 1531520,  1531527,  1531802,  1578889 and 1500208, 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 from undisclosed private land-developers. 

Financial records however reveal that EID Trustee Chairman Michael Scott Hughes has promised future water service to at least 97 vacant parcels including private land-developers and “EID Advisory Committee Members” R. Steve Creamer and Walter J. Plumb III.

Moreover, despite overwhelming evidence of groundwater mining of Emigration Canyon’s Twin Creek Aquifer, and the destructive effects documented in Alicante, Spaincentral and western United States and Cedar Valley, Utah, Utah State Engineer Kent L. Jones recently approved EID’s proposal to  construct over 500 additional homes in Emigration Canyon contrary to EID’s own buildout limit established in 1996.

Our purpose is simple – to protect access to clean, safe water for our members and/or recover monetary damages if an approved member’s residence is rendered uninhabitable or if an approved member was falsely promised future water service by EID.

Due to the high-dollar value of the pending Emigration Canyon Lawsuit and Emigration Canyon Water Litigation, all members of The ECHO-Association are and will remain undisclosed to the fullest extent allowed by law in order to prevent acts of intimidation or retaliation.