New York Times – Giant dam projects promised to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap—a perennial shortage of water. But today, there are signs that the promise of Glen Canyon Dam and others has run its course. Could the end be near for one of the West’s biggest dams?
The prolonged drought has prompted the Utah Division of Water Resources to renew its efforts to promote water conservation in the state. Take the pledge now at water.utah.gov/h2oath.
Deseret News – After years of preparation, Utah has submitted a voluminous licensing application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to start the initial review process for the Lake Powell Pipeline.
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.
View an infographic that explores the water-energy nexus and trends that influence it.
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.
This United Nations map shows physical and economic water scarcity worldwide.
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.
Utah’s water and energy communities came together Thursday at the 2016 Water–Energy Nexus Forum. The second annual event explored interdependencies between Utah’s water and energy systems and sustainable methods for managing both resources.
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.
Deseret News – The north arm of the Great Salt Lake has reached its lowest levels for the second consecutive year. Since the Union Pacific Railroad Causeway breach opened in 1984 as a flood control mechanism, water is no longer freely flowing between the southern and northern arms of the lake.
At the end of 2015, we highlight the year’s most popular WWR posts.