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 – 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.
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 – A legislative committee unanimously endorsed a resolution calling for increased emphasis on solving the many challenges facing Utah Lake.
Even after significant water conservation, global water sustainability will require that water be used more than once. The many barriers that hinder water reuse fall into four general categories, but they can be overcome.
DEQ – The online “2016 State of the Environment Report” highlights the progress of the agencies that regulate Utah’s air, land, and water.
The deliberate breach of the railroad causeway on Dec. 1, 2016, reconnected the lake’s north and south arms. Water levels are now equalizing.
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 – California’s scorching drought and the massive Gold King Mine spill impacting three states drew national attention to water issues in the West and likely elevated the topic as a top concern in research and outreach done by the Utah Foundation.
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 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.
This web map shows wastewater treatment facilities in Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Utah counties. Select a facility to see design flow, treatment processes, service areas, and other details. Zoom in to see aerial views of the treatment works.
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.