Deseret News – On Wednesday the public had a chance to weigh in on a 197-page draft water strategy from the Governor’s Water Strategy Advisory Team. It alternately drew praise and criticism.
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 – Let’s embrace Utah Lake as a fantastic basin-bottom lake that, admittedly, has some characteristics that some people don’t like. However, to try to change it into something that it cannot become will only result in frustration, even dismay, when it fails.
Deseret News – Most of Utah’s reservoirs will fill this summer thanks to the hefty snowfall stored in the state’s mountains. The latest report issued by the NRCS said precipitation for February was at 156% of average, helping levels at reservoirs increase by 6% in just a month’s time.
New York Times – Dam crises and failures in California and Nevada shed light on the state of American infrastructure.
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 – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Trout Unlimited are working together to improve river corridors for cutthroat trout. A new ladder, or fish passage, will connect Strawberry River to the downstream Weber River.
Deseret News – Management of Utah’s water resources and questions over financing the Lake Powell pipeline dominated a recent discussion of the State Water Development Commission, with a new analysis that asserts the repayment plan is a bad deal for Utahns.
Deseret News – Water managers are worried that another dry winter will compromise water supplies that are already dwindling.
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.