Deseret News – The state Water Development Commission voted Tuesday to do a deep dive on surplus water contracts and municipal control of land use outside city boundaries, signaling state law may need to change.
Deseret News – Two local engineering firms are conducting a study of Utah’s water use data collection system, a data-driven system vulnerable to errors, assumptions, and calculations because of the complexity inherent to harnessing information from 475 community water systems across the state.
Deseret News – One of northern Utah’s most critical rivers is getting a targeted boost to its health in a multimillion-dollar effort to reduce phosphorus, a naturally occurring nutrient that threatens its water quality.
Deseret News – Researchers at Brigham Young University will return to Utah Lake Wednesday to take additional water samples to determine the concentration of toxins produced by blue-green algae.
The newly released Recommended State Water Strategy is open for public comment through June 26 before it goes to the governor’s desk.
Deseret News – While the lower- and mid-elevation snow has melted, the high mountain snowpack has yet to come down — and everyone is holding their breath that it behaves and melts in an orderly fashion.
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.
Deseret News – Managers of water systems are engaged in a juggling act to release enough water to make room for snowmelt but not too much so downstream communities don’t flood.
Deseret News – A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for increased emphasis on solving the many challenges facing Utah Lake.
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 – Utah plowed into the beginning of the year with a stellar supply of snow in the mountains, brought on by December precipitation that left most regions of the state teeming with fresh powder.
A new interactive visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey shows freshwater withdrawals by state from 1950 to 2010.
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 – The state’s water resources board approved a program to award up to $3 million a year to water providers that want to install meters on secondary systems. In systems that have moved to meters, water savings have proved significant.
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.