July 09, 2021

Action Needed – Make Your Comment On The UDOT DEIS

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Make your comment on the Utah Department of Transportation on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS)

We would like to start off by saying THANK YOU to anyone that signed the petition to Gov. Cox and UDOT asking to extend the comment period on the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) Little Cottonwood Canyon (LCC) Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS)! We collected over 2,800 signatures in one week and because of that UDOT has decided to extend the comment period from the minimum 45 days to 70 days to allow for a more thorough review of the Draft EIS. The comment period will now end on Friday September 3, 2021.

Please take a moment to review the impacts facing the Wasatch Mountains — click here.

In the form below, you will see a suggested comment – as always feel free to edit the messaging before clicking "submit"! Suggested comment going to UDOT: 

I value the wildness and beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, please see my comments below on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS):

  1. Is the goal to reduce private vehicles in the canyons? UDOT’s own proposal says the gondola won’t reach that mark (UDOT,LCC EIS, p.2-16).
  2. Since the conclusion of the Mountain Accord process in 2017 and with the continued efforts of elected officials who sit on the Central Wasatch Commission. There has been a coalition of efforts to gather and understand the carrying capacity of the Central Wasatch Canyons. Is that “Carrying Capacity” known and how does UDOT weigh that information in this Draft EIS Process?
  3. Year round visitation whether to a designated ski area or summer time trailhead is not served by a gondola with two terminous areas at Alta Ski Resort and Snowbird Resort.
  4. Canyon road expansion will impact the 1,200 plant and animal species that rely on their ecosystem. How can we as a community of people help this process to ensure the flora and fauna won’t be pushed out of their habitat? Does the “Purpose and Need” of the UDOT EIS process alternatives allow for a shared habitat to continue to thrive or even be restored?
  5.  Traffic congestion in LCC “the red snake” will still continue even with the gondola because the gondola still is highly reliant on private vehicles in the canyon. We need to remove private vehicles from our roadways, not add them! Driving to the gravel pit and to the gondola base doesn't eliminate car congestion, it will only enhance it. Connecting people from their point of origin (homes, hotels, etc) to access the Wasatch Mountains will reduce congestion, air pollution, and allow equitable access for all of us who wish to enjoy the beauty and wildness of the Wasatch Range.

 

Want to send UDOT a written comment? Mail the letter to the address below OR submit a comment online today! 

Little Cottonwood Canyon EIS c/o HDR

2825 E Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 200

Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

Submit your comment below to UDOT on the Little Cottonwood Canyon Draft Environmental Impact Study:

  

 

 

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