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A new bill will now allow people to bring their dogs into watershed areas in Utah

A new bill will now allow people to bring their dogs into watershed areas in Utah
The Siliconreview
26 Febuary, 2020

Utah house has recently approved a bill that will allow the pets to go for a drive up in the canyons. There is one condition though: Neither the pet nor the human should exit the vehicle while in the watershed areas. Under the current law, many watershed areas including Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons exhibit a ban on pets. Breaking the law could result in a $650 fine and a possible arrest as well. The law helps prevent contamination of drinking water due to the bacteria and other pathogens in the dog waste.

Particularly for the elderly, for whom the dogs are their only companions, the new bill proves to be very helpful. Now people can spend quality time in the most beautiful areas in the Salt Lake valley as well. Under the Clean Water Act, The trump administration has earlier revoked some stream protections in January. The ban had been in place considering the unlikeliness of convincing people to pick up after their pups. Many have considered the move to be a positive one, while some are against it because of the effect on water quality.

Concerns about the loosening of watershed protections due to the new bill are being raised now. The bill is now pending at the hands of the Senate.