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.
♦ 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;
♦ Although there are over 760 acres currently listed for sale in Emigration Canyon under MLS Nrs. 1531520, 1531527, 1531802, 1578889, 1500208, 1617298 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;
♦ 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, Spain, western 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.
♦ Relieve Emigration Canyon taxpayers of $6.3 million of federally-backed debt,
♦ Prevent the continued Groundwater Mining of Emigration Canyon Aquifers,