The deliberate breach of the railroad causeway on Dec. 1, 2016, reconnected the lake’s north and south arms. Water levels are now equalizing.
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.
Deseret News – Water managers are worried that another dry winter will compromise water supplies that are already dwindling.
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 wet, cool May helped delay the use of irrigation water for fields and lawns, keeping reservoir levels steady across much of Utah. The rainstorms put Utah on track to log an average year for precipitation.
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.
Utah Lake has been the subject of much recent study, including a special series on WWR. Here, we examine its historic water-level fluctuations over the last 24 years.
At the turn of the water year, Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor, comments on the state’s status. “It was a bust,” he said.
USGS – The USGS is measuring streamflows in Utah and five other states to better understand how the prolonged drought is impacting the waterways.
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)
Deseret News – May rainstorms helped compensate for June’s relentless heat, according to a new NRCS report.
“June was warm and dry, but because May was wet and cool, they balance out,” said Randy Julander, Utah Snow Survey supervisor.
Stream flows throughout the state remain low, and reservoir storage is about the same as this time last year.