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.
Since 2000, a prolonged drought in the Colorado River Basin has impacted regional water supply, hydropower, recreation, and ecosystems. This application by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation uses open data to explore the 16-year drought and its effects.
DEQ – The online “2016 State of the Environment Report” highlights the progress of the agencies that regulate Utah’s air, land, and water.
Deseret News – Utah plowed into the beginning of the year with a stellar supply of snow in the mountains, brought on by December precipitation that left most regions of the state teeming with fresh powder.
A new interactive visualization by the U.S. Geological Survey shows freshwater withdrawals by state from 1950 to 2010.
The deliberate breach of the railroad causeway on Dec. 1, 2016, reconnected the lake’s north and south arms. Water levels are now equalizing.
Deseret News – The state’s water resources board approved a program to award up to $3 million a year to water providers that want to install meters on secondary systems. In systems that have moved to meters, water savings have proved significant.
Utah League of Cities and Towns – Take this 10-question quiz to see what impact you have on our vital natural resource each day.
Deseret News – October ended with temperatures about 5.5 degrees above what is average over a 30-year record. “Every day we see blue skies and sunshine is another day of missed precipitation and the ability to put a lot of snow in the mountains,” said Brian McInerney.
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.
Utah AGRC – This storymap collection of vintage aerial photography illustrates the changing nature of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area.
Deseret News – The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Trout Unlimited are working together to improve river corridors for cutthroat trout. A new ladder, or fish passage, will connect Strawberry River to the downstream Weber River.
Deseret News – Management of Utah’s water resources and questions over financing the Lake Powell pipeline dominated a recent discussion of the State Water Development Commission, with a new analysis that asserts the repayment plan is a bad deal for Utahns.
Deseret News – Water managers are worried that another dry winter will compromise water supplies that are already dwindling.