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.
Launched April 15, the new interface offers map-based data and downloads for drinking water, water quality, air quality, environmental remediation, solid waste, and more.
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?
Attitudes towards Utah Lake range from “priceless, beautiful lake” to “worthless, swampy pond.” What is it naturally?