Economic Research Institute Study paper
Utah State University
A nine-year intermittent study of promotion grouf records, planning and operational documents, plus dozens of conversations with "watermen" familiar with the Weber Basin Project, Utah, has led us to conclude that considerable mis-allocation of scarce resources has occurred. Expensive, planned reclamation features have been a complete failure; a great regional imbalance in benefits and costs exists; development of a continuously recharged under ground aquifer could have been made at a fraction of the surface feature cost. The fact that the project is in no financial difficulty is beside the point, the truth is that a lot of unnecessary costs must still be borne by someone. This situation is the direct result of the actions of the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation and Utah water development leaders.
LeBaron, Allen and Wilde, Keith, "Local Consequences of Reclamation Overkill" (1978). Economic Research Institute Study Papers. Paper 376.