DEQ – The online “2016 State of the Environment Report” highlights the progress of the agencies that regulate Utah’s air, land, and water.
Deseret News – October ended with temperatures about 5.5 degrees above what is average over a 30-year record. “Every day we see blue skies and sunshine is another day of missed precipitation and the ability to put a lot of snow in the mountains,” said Brian McInerney.
Utah AGRC – This storymap collection of vintage aerial photography illustrates the changing nature of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area.
Utah has been plagued with a series of water quality problems this summer. It began in July with a toxic algal bloom that originated in Utah Lake and spread to the Jordan River. The waters were closed to public access and irrigation systems throughout southern Salt …
Deseret News – A joint state team of experts from the U.S. Geological Survey began an extensive study probing nutrients at the Jordan River surplus canal. They also plan to map nutrients at the Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake to understand their distribution.
Deseret News – A toxic algal bloom at Utah Lake that spread to the Jordan River system is suspected of sickening more than 300 people and possibly killing 100 ducks and a goat. Major concerns persist for Salt Lake County farmers and their crops.
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?
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.
The report addresses Utah’s air, land, and water. Notable topics include nutrient pollution, spill response, funding, drinking water, water use, and energy savings for water utilities.
National Geographic – The Animas River, the largest tributary to Utah’s San Juan River, turned a sickly yellow-orange from a colossal spill of toxic mine drainage last week. The tragedy reminds us that we all live downstream. (Image: Riverhugger, Wikimedia Commons)
National Geographic – I flow out of a cave at 9,000 feet elevation near Navajo Lake at Cascade Falls, Utah, descend toward Lake Mead at 1,000 feet, and empty into the Colorado River. I could tell you tales of other parts of my course, but the favorite section of my journey is the 8½ miles through the steep Navajo sandstone canyon walls located in what is now called Zion Canyon.
Deseret News – The Utah Division of Water Quality is pushing expensive upgrades at wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to address nutrient pollution in the state’s streams and lakes. But some argue that WWTPs’ contributions are negligible and that the whole effort is a waste of money and resources.
Water Efficiency – At the western base of Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, a narrow urban strip approximately 120 miles long and 6 miles wide is home to 80% of the state’s population. Managing water resources along the Wasatch Front has long been a challenge.