Deseret News – Guesswork in how much secondary water is being used and system loss from “well to tap” are significant challenges Utah’s water managers need to address to get a better idea of both the state’s consumption and projected need for water.
Deseret News – Two legislative proposals seek to upend current water law and policy by demanding greater accountability for public water systems and reigning in their regulatory authority over watersheds.
Deseret News – “Data accuracy issues seem to be on the decline because of efforts by state water agencies, the Legislature and local water systems to improve data collection,” the audit said. “However, some water systems continue to have difficulty reporting accurate water-use data.”
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 – Two local engineering firms are conducting a study of Utah’s water use data collection system, a data-driven system vulnerable to errors, assumptions, and calculations because of the complexity inherent to harnessing information from 475 community water systems across the state.
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.
Deseret News – Managers of water systems are engaged in a juggling act to release enough water to make room for snowmelt but not too much so downstream communities don’t flood.
New York Times – Dam crises and failures in California and Nevada shed light on the state of American infrastructure.
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.
DEQ – The online “2016 State of the Environment Report” highlights the progress of the agencies that regulate Utah’s air, land, and water.
A new interactive visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey shows freshwater withdrawals by state from 1950 to 2010.
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 – Management of Utah’s water resources and questions over financing the Lake Powell pipeline dominated a recent discussion of the State Water Development Commission, with a new analysis that asserts the repayment plan is a bad deal for Utahns.