RadioActive: Digging Deep for Water, Watching Out for Zone Creep

  • September 20, 2015
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RadioActive airs Sundays at 6 p.m. on 90.9fm KRCL

RadioActive Fall 2015

Host: Nick Burns
Producer: Lara Jones

Sunday, September 20, 2015:

Listen in as we talk about access to water on the Navajo Reservation, broken treaty promises, and what one group is doing to bring running water to hundreds of homes. We’ll talk with George McGraw of DigDeep and Dan McCool, political science professor at the University of Utah (check out the CBS Sunday Morning story that caught our attention). Plus, zone creep in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Michael Braun of the Granite Community Council in Salt Lake County.


RadioActive Sept-20-2015



Short excerpts:


RA Rewind - History of Water - Navajo Reservation


RA Rewind - DigDeep Well Project on Navajo Reservation


RA Rewind - Zone Creep Again in Little Cottonwood


RadioActive Report as of 9/20/15:

Thursday, Sept. 24: And Justice for All, the resource-sharing umbrella organization for Utah’s primary civil legal aid agencies: Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, and Utah Legal Services, hosts its workshop for renters who are struggling with their landlords. Tonight from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 S., in Conference Room E. Each lecture has room for 25 people and is open to the public, but it’s FOR TENANTS ONLY. Website:

Sunday, Sept. 27: at 1:30 p.m. on the south steps of the Utah Capitol building, join ADAPT as it demands justice for disabled individuals. As many as 200 ADAPT supporters from Utah and across the country will engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, at this rally.

As part of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this rally will protest the ongoing budget shortfalls that drastically cut home and community-based services that routinely force seniors and people with disabilities into nursing facilities and other institutional settings. MEETUP: 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Red Lion Hotel, 161 W. 600 S., SLC, then proceed to the capitol for the rally.

This event will be followed by three days of intense, non-violent protests directed at various political and bureaucratic leaders in our state. ADAPT will leave each morning (Monday-Wednesday) from the Red Lion Hotel. Details will be given out each evening in their “big meetings” at the Red Lion. For more details, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 29: is #PinkOut day. If you’ve had enough of the attacks on Planned Parenthood, join Planned Parenthood in turning the Internet PINK in a massive show of strength and solidarity for reproductive health and rights. Website:

Here in SLC on 9/29, Planned Parenthood and its supporters will gather at 3 p.m. in Memory Grove to write messages to Governor Herbert, who has put a stop to any federal pass-through funds going to the Utah Chapter of the organization. Once those written messages are completed, the Planned Parenthood Action Council of Utah invites you to walk with them to the Capitol and deliver the messages in person.

Thursday, Oct. 8: Utahns for Rooftop Solar rally starts at 4 p.m. outside the Heber M. Wells Building, 160 E. 300 S., SLC. Join fellow solar advocates for a Rally in front of the Utah Public Service Commission as they decide whether or not to support more rooftop solar development in our state. Stand up for clean energy and clean air!

Directly following the Rally, you can head right upstairs in the Heber M. Wells building and seize the opportunity to have your voice heard. Tell the Public Service Commissioners how much Utahns value rooftop solar for the betterment of the environment, the economy and our public health. Public testimony will begin at 5:00 pm.

PUBLIC COMMENT WANTED: on Rocky Mountain Power’s request to start charging net metering customers an additional fee. Use Docket #14-035-114 to email your comments to Public Service Commission hearings on the matter will start Tuesday, October 6.

Net metering measures the difference between the electricity a customer buys from the utility and the energy generated by a customer’s own solar or wind equipment. Rocky Mountain Power wants to charge an additional fee to net meter users to recoup the cost of infrastructure it says net meter customers benefit from but don’t pay for. Several environmental groups oppose the fee and claim that it will discourage the use of clean energy.

How you take action is up to you, but now’s the time to be the change you want to see in the world. To submit an item to the RadioActive Report, send an email to