Deseret News – The state Water Development Commission voted Tuesday to do a deep dive on surplus water contracts and municipal control of land use outside city boundaries, signaling state law may need to change.
Deseret News – On Wednesday the public had a chance to weigh in on a 197-page draft water strategy from the Governor’s Water Strategy Advisory Team. It alternately drew praise and criticism.
The newly released Recommended State Water Strategy is open for public comment through June 26 before it goes to the governor’s desk.
Even after significant water conservation, global water sustainability will require that water be used more than once. The many barriers that hinder water reuse fall into four general categories, but they can be overcome.
Since 2000, a prolonged drought in the Colorado River Basin has impacted regional water supply, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystems. This application by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation uses open data to explore the 16-year drought and its effects.
A new interactive visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey shows freshwater withdrawals by state from 1950 to 2010.
Deseret News – The state’s water resources board approved a program to award up to $3 million a year to water providers that want to install meters on secondary systems. In systems that have moved to meters, water savings have proved significant.
Utah League of Cities and Towns – Take this 10-question quiz to see what impact you have on our vital natural resource each day.
Deseret News – California’s scorching drought and the massive Gold King Mine spill impacting three states drew national attention to water issues in the West and likely elevated the topic as a top concern in research and outreach done by the Utah Foundation.
Standard-Examiner – Water-related problems can’t be solved myopically, says Tage Flint, general manager of Weber Basin Water Conservancy District, in this special to the Standard-Examiner. “It will not be easy, it will not be cheap, and it should be brimming with input and discussion,” he says.
Deseret News – Equipment failure in Elk Ridge’s primary well that supplies water to residents and businesses has led to an outdoor watering prohibition for as long as five weeks.
Deseret News – A wet, cool May helped delay the use of irrigation water for fields and lawns, keeping reservoir levels steady across much of Utah. The rainstorms put Utah on track to log an average year for precipitation.
World Bank – The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle. These challenges are not insurmountable, however. This new World Bank report describes how smart policies that induce water-use efficiency, align incentives, and invest in adaptive technologies can go a long way.
The prolonged drought has prompted the Utah Division of Water Resources to renew its efforts to promote water conservation in the state. Take the pledge now at water.utah.gov/h2oath.