Utah Drought 2021

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Shelby Lofton

Dead fish found on Utah shoreline, running out of cool water to survive

Record high temperatures this late in the summer and low water levels are killing some of the fish in Utah waters.
7 months ago
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Jed Boal

Salt Lake City sells out of grass blend that uses 30% less water

Salt Lake City has innovated a way for its water users to enjoy a green lawn and save water this summer. It’s a blend of grass seeds that uses 30% less water than bluegrass.
7 months ago
Debbie Worthen

Family gardens taking a big hit due to drought, record heat

Record heat, drought and sky-high prices at the grocery store are taking a toll on families. For those that rely on home gardening for food storage, this year has been extra tough.
7 months ago
LAKE POWELL, UTAH - 27 APRIL 2022 : Satellite view of Lake Powell in Utah. (Photo by Gallo Images/O...
Ella Nilsen and Rachel Ramirez, CNN

New water cuts coming for Southwest as Colorado River falls into Tier 2 shortage

The federal government announced Tuesday the Colorado River will operate in a Tier 2 shortage condition for the first time starting in January.
7 months ago
Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune

Lawn gone: ‘Localscaping’ may save water, but can it rescue the Great Salt Lake?

The idea is catching on in cities as Utahns shift their thinking about landscaping. The trick is ensuring enough water trickles downstream.
8 months ago
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Josh Ellis

Church to reduce watering at temples, meetinghouses across West

Lawns and landscapes at some temples and meetinghouses of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints may be allowed to brown and become dormant as the Church reduces watering across the American West.
9 months ago
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Madison Swenson, KSL TV

Eagle Mountain residents encouraged to water twice a week

Residents in Eagle Mountain have been encouraged by city officials to water their lawns twice per week due to rising temperatures.
10 months ago
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Mike Anderson

Utah firefighters train and prepare for hot, dry summer

There's a high potential for several wildfires as drought conditions continue to plague Utah, and firefighters from eight different counties are working together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
10 months ago
Matt Gephardt & Cindy St. Clair, KSL TV

Thousands complain of water waste – but how is it enforced?

Lots of people are not afraid to call out water wasters. But are those complaints to water officials investigated? And does anything happen to stop the waste? KSL Investigator Matt Gephardt went fishing for answers.
10 months ago
The East Bench of Salt Lake City receives a dusting of snow the morning of May 9, 2022. (Jed Boal/K...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Drought coordinator: Hold off on watering; consult the weekly lawn watering guide

The cool, wet spring Utah is having is exactly what the state needs in the midst of this historic drought. The wet weather won’t really make a dent in the drought, but it can help everyone save water, if we take advantage of it.
11 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. 
11 months ago
Weber State University has replaced grass and plants with xeriscaping at several areas of campus. (...
Mike Anderson

Weber State University saves 50 million gallons of water a year, more savings planned

Weber State University has cut water usage by about 30% thanks to an ambitious water conservation plan.
11 months ago
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Amy Joi O'Donoghue, Deseret News and Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Could Utah children help shape the destiny of the ailing Great Salt Lake?

To save the Great Salt Lake is to know its worth. To know its worth is to be educated about why it matters.
11 months ago
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Eliza Pace

Aerial imagery reveals the grim reality of ongoing drought in Utah

Aerial images provided by Nearmap, an aerial imagery company, show before and after photos of local reservoirs with receding shorelines: more evidence of the dire drought conditions that plague the state of Utah.
11 months ago
Sprinklers water a lawn in Salt Lake City on Friday, May 7, 2021. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox issues his ...
Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Salt Lake City, County focus on water conservation as peak-demand season starts

Both Salt Lake City and County are focusing on water conservation as peak-demand season begins after a less-than-average winter snowpack and as drought conditions persist.
12 months ago
The 2021 spring runoff is already underway. (KSL TV)...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Utah spring runoff begins weeks early

With high winds and snow forecasted through Wednesday, Utah climatologists said the spring runoff has already started and that can make for a longer dry season.
12 months ago
Layton homeowner Gene Martinez ripped out his lawn because he knew it won't survive tough water res...
Matt Rascon, KSL TV

Northern Utah homeowner tears out lawn after tough water restrictions put in place

Amid the state’s ongoing drought, the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District announced its toughest water restrictions yet, prompting some homeowners to tear out their yards.
12 months ago
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Boaters may be surprised by the drought-caused new shoreline on Jordanelle Reservoir

Jordanelle Reservoir prepares for a busy season, although the water levels are significantly lower than previous years.
12 months ago
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Salt Lake County launches Water Summit to combat drought

Salt Lake County launched a Water Summit Tuesday to focus on critical issues facing all Utahns during the drought.
1 year ago
Linda Townes Cook, public information manager for the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District....
Jed Boal, KSL TV

How to make water conservation part of your yard work plan

With the arrival of much warmer temperatures, plenty of Utahns have gardening and yard work on their minds for the weekend.  It’s a good time for preparation, but water conservation needs to be part of every plan we make.
1 year ago
Hydrologists with 
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Alex Cabrero, KSL TV

Measuring snowpack near Powder Mountain, experts say conditions look grim

Even with a decent snowpack this winter, 97% of Utah remains in extreme or severe drought and Utah’s statewide snowpack is average in the mid-to-high 80 percentile.
1 year ago
John Hollenhorst, KSL TV

Lake Powell’s losing streak: Will the odds ever change?  

After two decades of drought, Utah's most popular boating area has just dipped below a critical threshold. Lake Powell's historically low level is raising worries for boaters as well as for millions of people who depend on the Glen Canyon Dam for electricity.
1 year ago
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Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Drought will delay mussel decontamination, limit access to ramps at Lake Powell this year  

Water managers expected the drought to get worse this year as the snowpack has been disappointing again and reservoir levels remained at or set record low levels. 
1 year ago
In this aerial view, low water levels are visible at Lake Powell on June 24, 2021 in Lake Powell, U...
Cary J. Schwanitz, KSL TV

Study: Current drought will match duration of 1500s megadrought this year

The Western United States is experiencing its driest conditions in 1,200 years and the drought likely will not end soon according to a new study released Monday.
1 year ago
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