All existing rights to the use of any of the waters in this State for any useful or beneficial purpose, are hereby recognized and confirmed. The simplicity of this article, which has remained the same since the original constitution was written, belies the intense interest in the preservation and use of this vital resource that has marked Utah’s entire history. After the Mormon pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 they quickly developed an irrigation system to make the desert habitable, or even to “blossom as the rose.” The mountain streams that flowed...
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