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Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures


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Utah is rapidly changing from what was once predominately an agricultural state to an urban and industrial state. This shift is not decreasing our water needs; it is often intensifying these needs and creating many new problems. Perhaps we should ask ourselves-are we prepared to recognize and accept these changes? Are we really facing up to the problems that are developing or are we turning our heads and hoping they will go away? These changes involve technical, legal, and sociological problems never before encountered, some of which I should like to discuss.

Before attempting to look at Utah's water problems of the future, we may well look backwards and review the developments that have taken place in the past. Certainly, we do not expect progress made in the past to continue at the same rate and as a straight line into the future. Most developments are not at a constant rate. Rather, they seem to occur in a series of "jerks" or steps. However, this past experience may point towards trends of the future. We are now in a period of the most rapid change in the uses of water that has ever occurred.


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