Deseret News – Emeritus BYU professor and Utah Lake expert LeVere Merritt implored lawmakers to halt wastewater treatment plant upgrades to tackle nutrient pollution, a proposal he says has no scientific basis and will have little effect on the lake’s water quality.
A crowd of 250 gathered at the Utah Valley Convention Center for a one-day summit to better understand the nature of Utah Lake. See a summary and presentation files here.
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 – After nearly a month on Greenland’s enormous ice sheet, several Utah scientists say there’s increasing evidence of a rapidly warming climate.
Utah AGRC – This storymap collection of vintage aerial photography illustrates the changing nature of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area.
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.
View an infographic that explores the water-energy nexus and trends that influence it.
This United Nations map shows physical and economic water scarcity worldwide.
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 …
What does the future hold for Utah Lake, its users, and its ecosystem? The concluding article in a five-part series.
Nutrients have long been pollutants of concern in surface waters. Some argue the need to strictly control nutrients entering Utah Lake, while others question the effectiveness of such actions. How do nitrogen and phosphorous affect Utah Lake?
Green infrastructure is becoming a more viable and popular strategy for managing urban waters. Can botanical gardens serve as green infrastructure? Research at the University of Utah investigated environmental benefits and impacts of Red Butte Garden on Red Butte Creek.
Proposals to extract more value from Utah Lake have included reclaiming land for agriculture, dredging to promote water clarity, and constructing artificial islands and trans-lake bridges. Are such projects feasible?
Can Utah Lake ever be clear? What are its real water quality problems, and how can they be solved?