Utah’s Environment

Rain moves across Salt Lake City on Sept. 21. Salt Lake City entered Friday, the last day of the wa...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

As the 2022 water year comes to a close, how did Utah fare?

Laura Haskell with the Utah Division of Water Resources finds it difficult to describe the 2022 water year because it has been all over the place.
7 days ago
The Shorelines Preserve at the Great Salt Lake (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Using stormwater to create wetlands at the Great Salt Lake

The Nature Conservancy will soon be using stormwater to create new wetlands off the shores of the Great Salt Lake.
23 days ago
Bear River Massacre site. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson

Restoration of Idaho’s Bear River Massacre site may benefit Great Salt Lake

Current efforts to restore the site of the Bear River Massacre could benefit the whole Wasatch Front in a big way.
24 days ago
Smoky skies in Utah on September 9, 2022....
Jed Boal

Smoky skies could be persistent problem in Utah this fall

Most of Utah hasn't had a lot of bad air quality from wildfire smoke this summer, especially compared to last year. But wildfires to the north and west of Utah are now pumping in a lot of smoke. Unfortunately, we could be in for several smoky periods over the next few weeks.
28 days ago
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Dan Spindle

Biologist says Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem is near collapse

A biology professor said the Great Salt Lake’s ecosystem is dangerously close to collapsing, creating a risk for all of Utah.
28 days ago
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Sean Higgins, KUER 90.1

Critics say the Great Salt Lake Recovery Act pushes more study when action is what’s needed

SALT LAKE CITY — State leaders are optimistic federal legislation that could provide millions in funding to help the shrinking Great Salt Lake will have traction in Washington, but some water advocates in Utah are still not satisfied. The Great Salt Lake Recovery Act was introduced by Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Reps. Burgess Owens and Chris […]
2 months ago
This cougar was captured in Murray. The left photo shows him just after being capture. The right si...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Cougar caught in Murray neighborhood; DWR getting several reports of sightings

A cougar hanging around Murray for weeks has officially been released by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources back into the wild.
3 months ago
A look from Chopper 5 shows just how dry feuls are along the Wasatch Front. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Chopper 5 shows why firefighters are on high alert for Fourth of July weekend

With plenty of dry brush fireworks, and possible thunderstorms, much of the Wasatch Front is primed with the potential for wildfires.
3 months ago
The McFarland family farm in Weber County is dealing with rising costs for fuel, chemicals and mate...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Weber County family farm fights through herbicide shortages, drought, rising costs

A shortage of chemicals found in herbicides is putting even more rising costs on the backs of Utah farmers, in an already difficult year.
3 months ago
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Amy Joi O’Donoghue, Deseret News & Dan Spindle, KSL TV

Can this technology be an answer to farmland water use in the West?

Utah's serious water shortage is forcing the agriculture community to change their ways. And it could change the future of farming across the state. KSL's Dan Spindle traveled to Emery County to see one high-tech solution in action.
4 months ago
Great Salt Lake Rowing Club on the lake. (Credit: Ray Boone)...
Ray Boone, KSL TV

‘It’s just idyllic’: Great Salt Lake Rowing Club plows ahead, despite low water levels

Rowing may not be the first spot that comes to mind when you think of popular recreation spots in Utah, but one enthusiastic group is working to change that perception.
4 months ago
The rules are already set for when it's ok to set off fireworks for two holidays in Utah this July....
Ladd Egan, KSL TV

New maps show where fireworks are restricted this summer

With the start of summer comes concern over fireworks as cities work to fine-tune their fireworks restriction maps.
4 months ago
New drought research by Rob Sowby, a water resources engineer at Brigham Young University shows th...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

BYU study: Half of Utah households overwater, damage landscapes

The latest drought-focused research out of Brigham Young University showed that as many as half of Utah’s households are still watering their landscapes too much.
4 months ago
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Matt Gephardt and Cindy St. Clair

Lehi man ordered to rip out his new xeriscape landscaping by his HOA

As he was building a new home in Lehi, Jared Hadley was eager to heed the calls to put in landscaping that uses little or no water. But you know who doesn't like it? Hadley’s homeowner's association.
4 months ago
Joel Williams with the Utah Division of Water Resources and Rick Maloy with Central Utah Water Cons...
Jed Boal, Tamara Vaifanua, KSL TV

‘Flip Blitz’ helps Utahns convert thirsty landscapes into water-wise strips

This spring, as the drought intensifies, more Utahns are finding ways to save water on their landscapes. The Central Utah Water Conservancy District and Meta-Facebook spent Thursday helping people flip their park strips in Utah County.
5 months ago
The Great Salt Lake, with the Wasatch Mountains in the background. (Photojournalist John Wilson)...
By Mark Shenefelt, Standard Examiner

History lessons: Are Utahns ‘waking up’ to the Great Salt Lake’s peril?

The Great Salt Lake, already vulnerable to climate fluctuations over the ages, has been “set up to fail” by human impacts, but some of those who are making such assessments nevertheless see hopeful signs in the state’s new enthusiasm to save the vital inland sea.
5 months ago
Utah has several local water providers so it can be confusing to figure out when to water  in your ...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

When are you allowed to water your lawn this summer?

The Utah Department of Natural Resources released an updated guide to help homeowners and businesses figure out how often they can water their thirsty lawns this summer.
5 months ago
Corn crop (KSL TV file photo)...
Erin Cox FOX 13, KSL TV

Utah farmer plants differently to save soil moisture during historic drought

This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that partners news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake—and what can be done to make a difference before it is too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org BOX ELDER COUNTY, […]
5 months ago
Hundreds of volunteers plant trees in Jefferson Park in Salt Lake City. (KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin, KSL TV

Hundreds of volunteers plant trees in Salt Lake’s Jefferson Park

Jefferson Park just got greener.  
5 months ago
FILE: (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)...
Ben Winslow FOX 13, KSL TV

West Valley City legalizes artificial turf in Utah’s drought emergency

This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that partners news, education and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake—and what can be done to make a difference before it is too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org WEST VALLEY CITY, […]
5 months ago
FILE: The receding waters of The Great Salt Lake are easy to see from Chopper 5. (KSL TV)...
Leia Larsen Salt Lake Tribune, KSL TV

Stifling drought to take its toll on Great Salt Lake, lawns, wildlife and why recent rains won’t change that

This article is published through the Great Salt Lake Collaborative, a solutions journalism initiative that partners news, education, and media organizations to help inform people about the plight of the Great Salt Lake—and what can be done to make a difference before it is too late. Read all of our stories at greatsaltlakenews.org SALT LAKE […]
5 months ago
Several indicators give DWR biologists valuable information about Utah's cougar population and how ...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

What you should do if you come across a cougar in the wild

Temperatures are warming up and the Utah Department of Wildlife Resources warned that people need to prepare for wildlife encounters as they head outdoors.
5 months ago
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Eliza Pace, KSL TV

Ogden mayor declares severe water shortage

Effective immediately, Mike Caldwell, Ogden City Mayor, has signed a declaration of severe water shortage. 
5 months ago
PAGE, ARIZONA - MARCH 28: A houseboat sits anchored on the banks of Lake Powell on March 28, 2022 i...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

500,000 acre-feet of water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir released to Lake Powell

The Bureau of Reclamation is juggling water supplies to protect the electricity generation mission of the Glen Canyon Dam over the next year.
5 months ago
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