Cooperation has been an important factor in the development of agriculture under irrigation in Utah. The Mormon pioneers in the Great Basin were the first Anglo-Saxons to practice irrigation on an extensive scale in the United States; hence, it is significant that from the first their irrigation work was accomplished largely as a result of community effort. Private diversions of water there were, of course, even in the earliest times, but for years they were quite out of place in an environment that took quick toll of those individualists who scorned the protection of numbers and refused to cooperate. The irrigation institutions developed by the Utah pioneers had in their early stages many points in common with those of the earlier Spanish settlers in the Southwest, but finally brought forth a type of mutual organization fundamentally different in its legal and economic aspects from the Spanish-American "community acequia" or canal.
Hutchins, Wells A., "Bulletin No. 199 - Mutual Irrigation Companies in Utah" (1927). UAES Bulletins. Paper 164.