Utah Drought

Salt Lake City's 2023 mayoral candidates, from left to right: community activist Michael Valentine,...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

What Salt Lake City’s mayoral candidates have to say about Great Salt Lake’s future

The three Salt Lake City candidates for Mayor discuss the issues surrounding the Great Salt Lake ahead of the November election.
3 days ago
El Nino could help Utah, but it could hurt Utah, KSL Meteorologist says....
Adam Small and Derrick Jones

Will El Niño bring snow to Utah this winter? KSL Meteorologist says, maybe

With a lot of excitement about El Nino, and coming off last year's historic winter, many Utahns are hopeful.
4 days ago
Image of jetskiers on Pineview Reservoir in Weber County in August, 2023. As the end of Utah's wate...
Don Brinkerhoff

As water year ends, reservoirs around Utah are in a “good place”

As the water year comes to an end in Utah, reservoirs are at 77% capacity, which is an increase of 27% from normal.
4 days ago
Officials in Washington County say measures are being taken to ensure water use meets the future gr...
Emma Keddington

Official: Water use will meet future needs in Washington County

Officials in Washington County say steps are being taken to make sure water needs meet the future growth of the county.
9 days ago
Image of the shoreline of Great Salt Lake, a body of water in Utah to which actor Leonardo DiCaprio...
Adam Small

Leonardo DiCaprio speaks up for Great Salt Lake

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio used his platform Monday to promote a petition aimed at lawmakers better helping Great Salt Lake.
11 days ago
great salt lake shore -- Multiple agencies overseeing the Great Salt Lake want any mineral-extracti...
Adam Small

Great Salt Lake agencies want mineral-extracting companies to return water to lake

The agencies want any new mineral extracting agencies to put all of the water they use in the back into the Great Salt Lake.
16 days ago
(Russ Slade, FOX 13 News)...
Ben Winslow, FOX 13

GSL license plate nears halfway mark

A license plate created to bring awareness to the plight of the Great Salt Lake, needs another 250 people to sign up for it.
18 days ago
Members of the Great Salt Lake Collaborative work on an assignment in California in 2022. The team ...
Nicole Spearman, SLCC's The Globe

Great Salt Lake Collaborative wins journalism partnership award

Consisting of 21 news, education and media partners in Utah, the Great Salt Lake Collaborative took first place in the category of Excellence in Collaboration and Partnership.
20 days ago
Image of Joel Ferry, director of the Utah Department of Natural Resources, who said it is important...
Lindsay Aerts

Utah water official warns Utahns to stay vigilant on water use

Utah has inched its way out of extreme drought but an expert says now is not the time for complacency on water use.
22 days ago
The Great Salt Lake and its shore are the subject of a lawsuit filed by environmentalists and conse...
Samantha Herrera

Lawsuit alleges that Utah is failing to protect the Great Salt Lake

The lawsuit, filed by five conservation groups, alleged that the state has failed to get enough water to the Great Salt Lake.
25 days ago
Image of one of the golf courses in Salt Lake City, Utah, that has switched to more drought-resista...
Heather Kelly

Drought-resistant grass now at some Salt Lake City golf courses

Golfers at three courses in Salt Lake City may notice more drought resistant grass, especially if they hit out of bounds.
1 month ago
Brine Shrimp...
Ben Winslow, FOX 13

Brine shrimp forecast for Great Salt Lake looks good, state officials say

Brine shrimp are a lucrative industry on the lake, bringing in millions of dollars a year.
1 month ago
Water levels are pictured in the Great Salt Lake on Thursday, July 20, 2023. A Utah lawmaker is pro...
Adam Small

Utah lawmakers plan to reevaluate water rights held by mineral companies on the Great Salt Lake

Utah House Majority Leader Mike Schultz says the water rights held by mineral companies on the Great Salt Lake are outdated.
1 month ago
A tractor drives over a field. Utah agriculture officials say they expect to save more than 60,000 ...
Carter Williams

Utah expects to save water from 93 new optimization projects

Agriculture officials say they expect to save more than 60,000 acre-feet of water annually from water-saving projects that received state grants.
2 months ago
Glen Canyon Dam holds back Lake Powell in Page, Ariz., on Monday, July 18, 2022. (Spenser Heaps/Des...
Adam Small

Lake Powell water levels nearly double with record spring runoff

Lake Powell water levels have fluctuated quite a bit this year. But the spring run off has abated some drought worries for now.
2 months ago
Image of two young men fishing at Cove Pond in Herriman, Utah. July 2023 marked the third-hottest J...
Adam Small

Salt Lake sees third-hottest July, but August could bring relief

Salt Lake City also had abnormally dry weather, with only .06 inches of rain falling during July which is 12% of the normal amount.
2 months ago
DAVIS COUNTY, Utah -- More water is normally good news for mosquitoes, but if it's in the Great Sal...
Adam Small

A healthy Great Salt Lake could be bad news for mosquitoes, expert says

Because the Great Salt Lake is so salty, it kills vegetation in the marshlands, which affects Great Salt Lake mosquitoes breeding grounds.
2 months ago
The Great Salt Lake is an important migratory area for birds across North America....
Ben Winslow, FOX 13

Great Salt Lake trust offers millions for wetland protection

The Great Salt Lake Watershed Enhancement Trust announced it would fund projects that would protect or restore wetlands around the lake.
2 months ago
Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. (Spenser Heaps, Deseret News)...
Ben Winslow, FOX 13

Salt Lake County Council scrutinizes water districts over proposed property tax hikes

The Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District informed the Salt Lake County Council it was proposing a property tax increase.
2 months ago
With Lake Powell's water levels increasing all year, it's hard to believe that they may be in dange...
Allessandra Harris

Lake Powell’s water levels are dropping after months of increase

Lake Powell's water levels are 45 feet higher than last year. But for several days, it's been losing water.
3 months ago
Comparison between July 22, 2022 and June 5, 2023 as Great Salt Lake gains over five feet of water ...
Adam Small

Great Salt Lake gains over five feet of water ahead of summer evaporation

What a winter. Yes, we're still saying that in July as The Great Salt Lake gains over five feet of water. A cooler June also helped.
3 months ago
"SLC Turf Trade," a special blend of grass seed that uses less water is selling out at stores....
Ben Winslow, FOX 13

A special turf that uses less water in Utah’s drought is growing in popularity

"SLC Turf Trade," is a special blend of grass seed being offered by Salt Lake City Public Utilities that uses up to 40% less water.
3 months ago
Great Salt Lake gains over five feet...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

How much did Utah’s record snowpack help the Great Salt Lake?

One year later, the lake is starting to decline again — but it's undoubtedly in a much-better place than it was those 12 months ago.
3 months ago
Utah Division of Wildlife Rescources, University of Utah and Westminster College scientists visit G...
Leia Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Thousands of nesting birds have vanished at Great Salt Lake’s Gunnison Island

Flocks of birds that once darkened the sky have disappeared, and scientists say land bridges from persistent low water levels are likely to blame.
3 months ago