A new interactive visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey shows freshwater withdrawals by state from 1950 to 2010.
Deseret News – After nearly a month on Greenland’s enormous ice sheet, several Utah scientists say there’s increasing evidence of a rapidly warming climate.
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.
UNews – Spring snowpack, relied on by ski resorts and water managers throughout the Western United States, may be more vulnerable to a warming climate in coming decades, according to a new University of Utah study.
World Bank – The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle. These challenges are not insurmountable, however. This new World Bank report describes how smart policies that induce water-use efficiency, align incentives, and invest in adaptive technologies can go a long way.
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.
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.
Directions – Understanding the timing, location, and magnitude of water uses at sub-city scales is important for managing water resources and planning the associated infrastructure.This case study describes a spatiotemporal analysis of water consumption in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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.
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.
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.
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.