Deseret News – Emeritus BYU professor and Utah Lake expert LeVere Merritt implored lawmakers to halt wastewater treatment plant upgrades to tackle nutrient pollution, a proposal he says has no scientific basis and will have little effect on the lake’s 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.
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 – 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 – A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for increased emphasis on solving the many challenges facing Utah Lake.
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.
Deseret News – A toxic algal bloom at Utah Lake that spread to the Jordan River system is suspected of sickening more than 300 people and possibly killing 100 ducks and a goat. Major concerns persist for Salt Lake County farmers and their crops.
Utah Lake Commission – See the winning 2016 photos here.
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.
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.
What does the future hold for Utah Lake, its users, and its ecosystem? The concluding article in a five-part series.
Nutrients have long been pollutants of concern in surface waters. Some argue the need to strictly control nutrients entering Utah Lake, while others question the effectiveness of such actions. How do nitrogen and phosphorous affect Utah Lake?
Proposals to extract more value from Utah Lake have included reclaiming land for agriculture, dredging to promote water clarity, and constructing artificial islands and trans-lake bridges. Are such projects feasible?