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.
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.
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 – 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.
EPA recently announced the Clean Water Rule, which clarifies which water bodies may be covered by the 1972 Clean Water Act and restores the federal government’s authority to regulate them. Many oppose the new rule, which may impose new costs and burdens on farmers.
Launched April 15, the new interface offers map-based data and downloads for drinking water, water quality, air quality, environmental remediation, solid waste, and more.
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?
Green infrastructure is becoming a more viable and popular strategy for managing urban waters. Can botanical gardens serve as green infrastructure? Research at the University of Utah investigated environmental benefits and impacts of Red Butte Garden on Red Butte Creek.
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?
Can Utah Lake ever be clear? What are its real water quality problems, and how can they be solved?
Attitudes towards Utah Lake range from “priceless, beautiful lake” to “worthless, swampy pond.” What is it naturally?
The Water & Energy Nexus Summit, the first event of its kind in Utah, attracted over 200 attendees on Jan. 22. Read the highlights here.
County watershed planner Lynn Berni discusses the new “Stream Care Guide” and recent progress in the county’s watershed program.
Deseret News – According to Reed Price, executive director of the Utah Lake Commission, it’s time to return to Utah Lake.
While Utah Lake has had a murky reputation for decades, the Commission is working to remove carp and weeds and to improve water quality. Price says it is safe and urges people to return and recreate.