Deseret News – A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for increased emphasis on solving the many challenges facing Utah Lake.
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.
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 – After years of preparation, Utah has submitted a voluminous licensing application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start the initial review process for the Lake Powell Pipeline.
Hydroterrorism—a form of terrorism in which water is the tool or the target—is intensifying. Recent incidents in the Middle East and past incidents elsewhere illustrate that water resource systems are vulnerable to both physical and virtual attacks. This white paper introduces the problem, presents pertinent examples, and offers some direction for response.
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.
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.
Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert signed an executive order today requiring state facilities to conserve water and urging all Utahns to do the same. “Water is really the only limiting factor to the growth pressures of Utah,” he said.
EPA recently announced the Clean Water Rule, which clarifies which water bodies may be covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act and restores the federal government’s authority to regulate them. Many oppose the new rule, which may impose new costs and burdens on farmers.
Deseret News – An audit found that Utah is relying on inaccurate water data, using outdated plans, and ignoring development of local water supplies.
The Water & Energy Nexus Summit, the first event of its kind in Utah, attracted over 200 attendees on Jan. 22. Read the highlights here.