Deseret News – A new study probing the potential impacts of a warming climate on streamflows in the West suggests that management of key storage reservoirs will be more important than ever.
USU – Water diversions since pioneer times have reduced water supply to the Great Salt Lake, decreasing its elevation by 11 feet and exposing much of the lake bed. A new white paper by USU scientists and state water managers describes the effects of water uses and climatic fluctuations on the lake’s levels.
This United Nations map shows physical and economic water scarcity worldwide.
At the turn of the water year, Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor, comments on the state’s status. “It was a bust,” he said.
USGS – The USGS is measuring streamflows in Utah and five other states to better understand how the prolonged drought is impacting the waterways.
Deseret News – May rainstorms helped compensate for June’s relentless heat, according to a new NRCS report.
“June was warm and dry, but because May was wet and cool, they balance out,” said Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor.
Stream flows throughout the state remain low, and reservoir storage is about the same as this time last year.
After a dry and mild winter, May in Utah was wetter than usual. Salt Lake City International Airport had a record-setting 18 days with measurable precipitation, said hydrologist Brian McInerney. Mike Tea, a local water master, said the rains helped his irrigation company keep up with demand.
Launched April 15, the new interface offers map-based data and downloads for drinking water, water quality, air quality, environmental remediation, solid waste, and more.
Viewed from space, as in NASA’s “Blue Marble” below, one quickly recognizes that water covers most of the earth’s surface. Even on land, the hydrologic cycle is responsible for its dominant features, from glaciers and rivers to jungles and deserts. Below the land surface, groundwater is found almost …
A mild winter brought record-setting warm temperatures and little precipitation, and Utah’s water conditions are well below average for the fourth year in a row.
“Any hydrologic indices that we have, have gone wrong,” said Brian McInerney, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City.
Given several recent inquiries about where to find water data, I have compiled this list of a few common resources which I have found particularly useful. If you would like to share others, please comment.
There was a time, not many years ago, when global warming was the bailiwick of outspoken environmental weirdos. Not so anymore. Climate change is here to stay, and it’s time we acknowledge it.
The U.S. Geological Survey recently released its new online resource for visualizing projected climate-driven impacts.
Do you know you could use less water and have a healthier, beautiful green lawn? Most of us use potable drinking water to irrigate our lawns, flowers, and other landscape plants. On average, we use about two-thirds of our water outdoors, most of which …
We’re halfway through the 2014 water year, which began Oct. 1, and depending on which part of the state you look at, the news is good or bad. In northern Utah the trend is encouraging. Below 70% of average in January, snowpack in the Weber–Ogden …