The difference between a big idea and a plan when it comes to ecosystem-sized projects is funding. The LRS approach solves the funding piece of the puzzle. The vast majority of the restoration funding comes from development islands. Development islands include six potential economic drivers that work in concert to adequately fund Utah Lake’s restoration:

Low Density Single-Family Residential Communities

Medium Density Single-Family Residential Communities

Medium Density Multi-family Residential Communities

High Density Multi-family Residential Communities

Mixed-use Areas

Commercial Centers

First Green Field LEED certified city in the US

The Lake Restoration Solutions approach depends on conservation and development not only subsisting together, and in fact relying on each other to create the ideal balance between human activity and the natural environment. A master-planned, LEED certified development will include more open parks and greenspace, increased mixed use real estate, medium density, high density and lower percentages of single family residences and will offset current development trends and instill more environmental responsible behaviors from the community. Development islands are designed for living, working, and recreating in harmony with the surrounding watershed. Housing, business, commercial, and entertainment centers are focused on community-centered living. Infrastructure will be designed to provide environmentally conscious engineering and construction solutions. All waste will be pumped off islands and lake for treatment to avoid risks of environmental contamination. Technological monitoring and investments will assure a LEED certified master-planned community that will continue to support conservation objectives.

  • Mass Transit Oriented Development with connections to the SLC International Airport and Provo/Orem UTA
  • All utilities housed in accessible tunnels with monitoring and secondary containment
  • All storm water runs through biofiltration before reentering the lake
  • Pneumatic trash removal system conveyed to waste to energy facility, reducing landfill volumes by 90%
  • GeoThermally heated and cooled
  • 60%+ irrigation savings from subsurface irrigation with grey water reuse
  • 40%+ potable water savings from separate grey and black water systems
  • 50%+ energy derived from green sources