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.
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.
This United Nations map shows physical and economic water scarcity worldwide.
Utah DEQ – Lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s, drinking water has gotten national attention in recent weeks, raising concerns about whether this could happen in Utah. Ken Bousfield, director of the Utah Division of Drinking Water, explains why this is unlikely.
Utah’s water and energy communities came together Thursday at the 2016 Water–Energy Nexus Forum. The second annual event explored interdependencies between Utah’s water and energy systems and sustainable methods for managing both resources.
Deseret News – The north arm of the Great Salt Lake has reached its lowest levels for the second consecutive year. Since the Union Pacific Railroad Causeway breach opened in 1984 as a flood control mechanism, water is no longer freely flowing between the southern and northern arms of the lake.
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.
Utah Lake Commission – View the winning images here.
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.
Deseret News – After completing $50 million in upgrades, the Utah Valley Water Treatment Plant was officially renamed the Don A. Christiansen Regional Water Treatment Plant in honor of its former longtime general manager.
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.
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.