Who We Are

The Emigration Canyon Home Owners Association (“The ECHO-Association“) is a private organization currently registered with the State of Utah as a dba business entity originally 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 Emigration Canyon Improvement District aka ECID), Emigration Canyon Mayor Joe Smolka, the Simplifi Company and private land-developers R. Steve Creamer, The Boyer Company L.C.City Development Inc., and the Butler Crockett & Walsh Development Corp.

 

The Facts

♦  Despite having tested positive since 1995 for all four (4) water sources, in November 2019, EID General Manager Eric Hawkes of the Simplifi Company informed 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;

♦ EID’s water sources had previously surpassed federal drinking-water standards for LeadRadioactive ContaminationAntimony, Turbidity, BacteriaSulfates, and Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) without EID trustees and managers ever having warned its water users and “standby” customers;

♦  Although there are over 760 acres currently listed for sale in Emigration Canyon under MLS Nrs. 1531520,  1531527,  1531802,  157888915002081617298 and 1638507, 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 98 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 repeated public denials, in January 2013, EID certified in public loan documents that it intends to provide water service to 900 homes in violation of its own buildout limits established in 1996;

♦  The Utah Division of Drinking Water records that even with 3 out of 4 large-diameter commercial wells in operation, EID has almost three times the water source capacity and more than six times the water storage capacity needed to provide water service to its current customers;

♦  Despite overwhelming evidence of Groundwater Mining of Emigration Canyon’s Twin Creek Aquifer, and the destructive results documented in Alicante, Spainwestern and central United States and in Cedar Valley, Utah, the State Engineer Kent L. Jones approved EID’s proposal to provide water service to over 500 new residential units in Emigration Canyon and a “Gun Range and Wedding Resort” as previously certified to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality;

♦  Substantial reduction of the water table through EID’s operation of Boyer Well Nr. 1 and the Upper Freeze Creek Well may have led to massive fissures and ground subsidence in the Freeze Creek drainage area possibly threatening homes built in Red Hill Lane, Margarethe Lane, Pioneer Fork Road, Pioneer Ridge Circle, Donner Hill Circle, Last Camp Circle and Emigration Estates Road.

 

Our Purpose

 ♦  Relieve Emigration Canyon taxpayers of $6.3 million of federally-backed debt,

   Protect against LeadBacterial, Chemical, or Radioactive Contamination of drinking water,

 ♦  Prevent the continued Groundwater Mining of Emigration Canyon Aquifers,

   Hold publicly elected officials and private land-developers accountable for the perhaps irreversible destruction of Utah’s birthplace, and

 

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 confidential to the fullest extent allowed by law in order to prevent acts of defamation, intimidation or retaliation.