Utah Drought

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative in California. The team consisted of The Salt Lake Tribune, Deser...
Amie Schaeffer

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative wins $20,000 prize in ‘Local that Works’ contest

The Great Salt Lake Collaborative gains national recognition with the top prize in the 'Local that Works' contest. The collaboration is a group of 23 media organizations and community partners focused on the plight of the Great Salt Lake.
3 months ago
Chad Cranney, Assistant Wildlife Manager for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, pilots a fan ...
Sheri Quinn, Utah Public Radio and Ben Winslow, Fox 13 News

Many options for helping the Great Salt Lake; the simplest — use less water

Saving Utah's Great Salt Lake has become a vital issue as it sits at it's lowest level in recorded history.
3 months ago
The Great Salt Lake is pictured with a receded water line...
Mark Jones

Water levels are too low for some Great Salt Lake sensors

KSL meteorologist Kevin Eubank says the Great Salt Lake is again at a historic low, and at least one sensor is no longer in the water.
3 months ago
A University of Utah researcher says history cannot offer a complete roadmap when looking for ways ...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

What role can history play in saving the Great Salt Lake, solving Utah’s water woes?

A University of Utah researcher said stories from history can help drive current decisions about the drying Great Salt Lake.
3 months ago
A sign at the Hemenway Harbor launch ramp marks the water line at Lake Mead in 2000, contrasting wi...
Ben Winslow, Fox 13 News and Sheri Quinn, Utah Public Radio

‘To Protect and Conserve’: Las Vegas has strict outdoor watering restrictions (with fines!) Should Utah do the same?

When it comes to water use in southern Nevada, it’s common to point to the excess of the Las Vegas Strip as a prime example of waste. But Entsminger said it’s a misconception.
3 months ago
Patricia Council's North Las Vegas yard after her grass was replaced with artificial turf, on Frida...
Ben Winslow, Fox 13 News and Sheri Quinn, Utah Public Radio

Las Vegas ups the ante on turf buybacks: New Nevada law bans all ‘nonfunctional’ turf by 2026

The Southern Nevada Water Authority is paying her $3 a square foot to get rid of her turf, and landscaping crews that contract with the agency are tearing out the grass.
3 months ago
The Great Salt Lake is pictured with a receded water line...
Mark Jones

Great Salt Lake Basin is closed to new water right appropriations

Gov. Spencer Cox issued a proclamation Thursday suspending new water rights appropriations within the Great Salt Lake Basin.
3 months ago
Snow falls in Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. Photo credit: Laura Seitz,...
Aimee Cobabe

Wednesday’s snowstorm will help with water needs of the state

A snowstorm that moved through northern Utah on Wednesday made it look like winter along the Wasatch Front. A KSL meteorologist says the snow will help with Utah's drought.
3 months ago
People in Arizona and Nevada won’t face bans on watering their lawns or washing their cars despit...
Samantha Herrera

New US plan could lead to federal action on Colorado River

The public has until Dec. 20 to weigh in on three options that seek to keep Lake Mead and Lake Powell from dropping so low they couldn't produce power.
3 months ago
Recently, the Utah Rivers Council said in a new report water in Utah is wasted because users know i...
Simone Seikaly

Utah Rivers Council proposes change on how water is paid for in the state

Recently, the Utah Rivers Council said in a new report water in Utah is wasted because users know it's cheap.
3 months ago
farmers drought The dried Antelope Island marina at the Great Salt Lake is pictured....
Chris Jacobs

Utah representative proposes pumping underground water to replenish Great Salt Lake

Rep. Steven Lund's proposal to replenish the Great Salt Lake would require $48 million worth of wells to be dug to see if there is underground water.
4 months ago
Sprinkler is shown watering lawn...
Adam Small

Its time to turn off the sprinklers and stop watering your lawn

Experts say to stop watering your lawn, but recommend using this time of year to fertilize your grass and clean your irrigation system.
4 months ago
Phill Kiddoo, air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Distr...
AMY JOI O’DONOGHUE, DESERET NEWS

Why isn’t the state monitoring Great Salt Lake’s dust?

Bryce Bird, director of the Utah Division of Air Quality, said more proactive measures might be on the table in the future, but the menu has not yet been set for the Great Salt Lake.
4 months ago
South Jordan's water purification system is pictured. (South Jordan City)...
Andrew Gordon

South Jordan taking steps to bring more drinking water to community

Though the water purified at the South Jordan purification facility is drinkable, it will not be distributed to the public at this time.
4 months ago
Phill Kiddoo, air pollution control officer for the Great Basin Unified Air Pollution Control Distr...
Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

What Utah can learn from the monumental effort to reduce dust at Owens Lake

Just a few states away, however, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has spent decades figuring out how to get a handle on its own dangerous sand and salt storms blowing from Owens Lake.
4 months ago
One of Mono Lake’s iconic tufa formations is pictured on the south shore of the lake in Mono Coun...
Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

The public trust doctrine prevented Mono Lake from drying up. Could it be used to save the Great Salt Lake?

Utah lawmakers have eliminated the legal barriers to these options in recent years, and even set aside a $40 million nest egg this year specifically for the Great Salt Lake that could be tapped for things like leases.
4 months ago
Owens Lakebed...
Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News and Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

A dusty tale in California and words of wisdom for Utah as the Great Salt Lake shrinks

Today, California’s Owens Lake holds a hopeful message for Utah and the millions of people living just a few miles from their own terminal lake’s drying shores. It shows the inevitable air quality problem can be solved.
4 months ago
Water meter cover is shown, secondary water metering will take effect in 2030...
Anna Johnson

Secondary water metering proving to be useful for conservation

Secondary water metering is proving to be a useful tool for water conservation for the Weber Basin Water Conservatory District.
4 months ago
Sunrise over Owens Lake...
Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

The saline lakes of the Great Basin and why they are in trouble

These saline lakes in the Great Basin are terminal, meaning they are fed by rivers and are a hydrologic end point. When the rivers start to dry up or are diverted, the lakes’ levels of salinity increase.
4 months ago
Measure Great Salt Lake...
Ben Winslow, Fox 13 News

Great Salt Lake so low, a water level measurement system no longer works

The Great Salt Lake has dropped to such a low level, the U.S. Geological Survey's measuring system at the marina no longer works.
4 months ago
A dried marina pictured, most recent utah drought update isn't looking great...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah drought update: how did we fare this summer?

The latest drought update for Utah shows low water levels. This is in spite of the state's efforts to conserve water over the summer.
4 months ago
Colorado river is pictured, its water supplies Utah but it is running out...
Adam Small

Utah leaders ask businesses to contribute to water conservation amid Colorado River shortage

The Colorado River supplies water to Utah, but due to its shortage businesses are being asked to do their part for water conservation.
4 months ago
Sprinkler watering lawn pictured. Drought water conservation made improvements this year....
Chris Jacobs

Water levels indicate that Utah’s water conservation efforts are working

The Division of Water Resources reported that drought conditions are lower than last year and water conservation has maintained consistent water levels.
4 months ago
Sprinkler is shown watering lawn...
Kate Davis

Salt Lake saved almost 3 billion gallons of water this season

Lower Salt Lake water usage led the county to save billions of gallons of water in the face of Utah's ongoing drought.
5 months ago

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