Utah Drought

Rep. Joel Briscoe, D-Salt Lake City, speaks at a press conference about the Great Salt Lake at the ...
Carter Williams. KSL.com

Utah, Salt Lake leaders unveil new plans to improve the struggling Great Salt Lake

State and local leaders are prposing two pieces of legislation to help save the Great Salt Lake amid dropping water level.
3 days ago
BYU study finds we need to stop watering as much as we are....
Mark Jones

Speaker Wilson says Utah legislature is working hard on water issue

SALT LAKE CITY — Prior to the start of the 2023 Utah Legislative Session, it seemed like water would be a popular topic throughout the 45-day session. And a week into the session, that appears to be the case.  House speaker Brad Wilson (R-Kaysville) joined Inside Sources hosted by Maura Carabello and Taylor Morgan to […]
4 days ago
lake restoration...
Mark Jones

BYU study: Great Salt Lake could dry up in 5 years if changes aren’t made

A study co-authored by a BYU professor says the Great Salt Lake could be gone in five years unless changes are made.
4 days ago
Utah reservoirs...
Becky Bruce

Winter has helped state’s drought Utah expert says, still, long road ahead

The Utah Division of Water Resources says it will take more winters like the one Utah has experienced this year for the state's drought to be over.
5 days ago
A “now hiring” sign is pictured at Salt Lake Running Company in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. ...
Curt Gresseth

Salt Lake Chamber president talks about fixing shortages in housing, labor and water in Utah

Derek Miller, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber, joins the show to discuss three big problems facing Utah today: the housing, labor and water shortages.
5 days ago
Frequent storms and cooler weather have helped raise Utah's snowpack to 183% of normal according to...
Becky Bruce and Simone Seikaly

Thanks to exceptional winter, Utah inches out of “exceptional” drought

Utah is having its best winter in nearly 20 years. The Division said the state hasn't had 183% of normal snowpack since 2005.
5 days ago
The Utah State Fire Marshal is reminding those celebrating Chinese New Year to do so safely, especi...
Waverly Golden

Utah State Fire Marshal shares firework safety tips for Chinese New Year

The Utah State Fire Marshal is reminding those celebrating Chinese New Year to do so safely, especially when handling fireworks.
8 days ago
Gov. Spencer Cox covered a broad range of issues Thursday night at the State of the State Address. ...
Mark Jackson

Governor Cox delivers State of the State Address, speaks to Utah’s youth

Gov. Spencer Cox delivered the State of the State address on Thursday, Jan 19, 2023. In the speech, he aimed to reach Utah's youth.
9 days ago
As the 2023 legislative sessions gets underway, Utah lawmakers are offering interesting ideas to ad...
Heather Kelly and Simone Seikaly

A pipeline to Utah from the Mississippi, is that the drought cure?

The idea of a pipeline falls under "innovation," one of two requirements Utah lawmakers say are needed to address our water problems.
11 days ago
a person opens a valve as water floods out into his Utah orchard...
Mark Jackson

New bill would seize water from farmers and ranchers in an emergency

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Carl Albrecht, R-Salt Lake City, said he hopes that the emergency bill will never have to be used.
11 days ago
Dropping lake levels on the Great Salt Lake, along the north side of Antelope Island, continue to e...
Leia Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Scientists sounded the alarm about the Great Salt Lake. Are lawmakers listening?

This year’s legislative session will be critical in bringing the Great Salt Lake back from the brink, and state leaders say they are ready to get to work.
11 days ago
Utah Legislature...
Aimee Cobabe

Utah lawmakers speak on this session’s agenda

The Utah legislature is back in session and lawmakers are looking forward to addressing problems related to drought, housing, and Utah's abortion law.
12 days ago
Snow-covered pine trees are pictured in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Millcreek on Thursday,...
Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News

Would thinning forests help Utah’s Great Salt Lake? Some say so

Fewer trees, she and her supporters say, are the answer, asserting that thinning forests has been proven to save a substantial amount of water for watersheds and drought-stricken areas.
13 days ago
Dust blows through Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Trent Nelso...
Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Great Salt Lake tour showcases the shrinking lake and what is being uncovered

The more awareness about the current state of the Great Salt Lake, the more people might try to do whatever they can to save it with more conservation efforts.
14 days ago
Dry lakebed...
Heather Kelly

Can recent rain and snowfall help fill Utah’s reservoirs?

The state had higher-than-average rain and snowfall this year. Will the accumulation from the storms make a dent in the drought?
19 days ago
Measure Great Salt Lake...
Devin Oldroyd

The Great Salt Lake is “struggling to survive,” according to expert

A new study says The Great Salt Lake could completely dry up within the next five years. Expert says the situation is dire.
20 days ago
A study co-authored by a BYU professor says the Great Salt Lake could be gone in five years unless ...
Mark Jones

Lawmaker: Concern over Great Salt Lake is bigger deal than we realize

One Utah lawmaker says concern over the shrinking of the Great Salt Lake is a bigger deal than we give it credit for.
23 days ago
agriculture...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Snow storm brings ‘blessings’ to Utah’s agriculture

This snowstorm isn't only great for those on the slopes, but equally for Utah's agriculture Snow totals are helping break water records.
25 days ago
Fruit orchards abut property advertising lots for sale in Willard in July. (Photo:  (Leah Hogsten, ...
Sofia Jeremias and Leia Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Dear Legislature: Here’s what you can do in 2023 to save the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is already in the early stages of ecological collapse. Some of the policies enacted could take decades to see results, environmentalists warn.
25 days ago
The US Magnesium dike north of Stansbury Island on Saturday, March 26, 2022.(Trent Nelson, The Salt...
Leia Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Utah DEQ denies US Magnesium’s request to extend water canals deeper into the Great Salt Lake

On Thursday afternoon, the agency issued a news release on behalf of the Division of Water Quality’s director announcing they’d denied the permit application, citing insufficient detail.
1 month ago
A study co-authored by a BYU professor says the Great Salt Lake could be gone in five years unless ...
Carter Williams. KSL.com

Bill that sets up federal funding for studies of the Great Salt Lake heads to Biden’s desk

The bill informs the U.S. Geological Survey that it must form an assessment program to monitor the saline lake ecosystems in Great Basin states.
1 month ago
Dust blows through Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake on Saturday, June 18, 2022. (Trent Nelso...
Leia Larsen, Salt Lake Tribune

Will December’s big storms make a difference for the Great Salt Lake?

Utah's winter storms and snowpack has some feeling optimistic about water levels at the Great Salt Lake. But is it enough?
1 month ago
Low water levels are plaguing the Great Salt Lake for several summers now....
Mark Jones

Future of Lake Powell is not looking so bright

The future of Lake Powell is concerning. Experts say the lake is approaching a dead pool. That's when water in a reservoir is so low it can't flow downstream.
1 month ago
There are plenty of reasons why Utah politicians are worried about the future of the Great Salt Lak...
Carter Williams

What’s the value in new funding for studies on the Great Salt Lake, other saline lakes?

Saying everything related to the Great Salt Lake is "crucial," Utah Rep. Blake Moore explains why more studies are needed.
1 month ago

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