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.
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.
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.
New York Times – Giant dam projects promised to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap—a perennial shortage of water. But today, there are signs that the promise of Glen Canyon Dam and others has run its course. Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?
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.