Water

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.
2 months ago
CORINNE, UTAH - AUGUST 02: In an aerial view, an evaporation pond is pinkish-red due to high salini...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Dust hot spots: Where is Great Salt Lake’s toxic dust most likely to originate?

Kevin Perry believes there are many "trigger points" that indicate when there is something wrong with the Great Salt Lake.
2 months 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.
3 months 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.
3 months ago
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Mike Anderson

Low water levels could shut down last boat ramp on Bear Lake’s north side

Bear Lake is losing up to about a half-inch of water every day. It's enough that park managers on the north side are concerned they may have to close their last open boat ramp.
5 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.
6 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.
6 months ago
Wasatch Charter School in Salt Lake City assigned 8th graders to research and study the Great Salt ...
Dan Spindle & Keira Farrimond, KSL TV

Art project shows students how drought threatens the Great Salt Lake area

The Great Salt Lake is a critical resource for families here in Utah but sometimes it's difficult to express its importance with data and statistics. One group of local teenagers hopes creativity can bridge the gap and bring understanding and urgency to the issue. 
6 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.
6 months ago
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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.
6 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.
7 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.
7 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.
7 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, […]
7 months ago
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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, […]
7 months ago
Traffic passes a grassy landscape on Green Valley Parkway in suburban Henderson, Nev., on April 9, ...
Amy Joi O'Donoghue, KSL TV

Will horrific drought make lawns in the West a memory?

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 […]
7 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. 
7 months ago
FILE: Brandon Miller, with Icon Landscaping, plants water-wise plants in a park strip in Herriman o...
Carter Williams, KSL.com

Why water experts want Utahns to be ‘the lone weirdo’ when it comes to xeriscaping

Cynthia Bee said it sometimes pays off to be "the lone weirdo" in a neighborhood who ditches the turf-based park strip, the patch of grass that typically exists between a street and sidewalk in front of homes, businesses and government buildings.
7 months ago
Rain falls over downtown Los Angeles (Top) during a late season storm on March 28, 2022 in Los Ange...
ROBERT JABLON, Associated Press

Millions must cut water use in drought-stricken California

Southern California’s gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a week as drought continues to plague the state.
7 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.
8 months ago
Satellite imagery of Sand Hallow taken June 2021. (Nearmap)...
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.
8 months ago
In this aerial view, low water levels are visible at Lake Powell on June 24, 2021 in Lake Powell, U...
Felicia Fonseca, ASSOCIATED PRESS

In drought-stricken West, officials weigh emergency actions

Federal officials say it may be necessary to reduce water deliveries to users on the Colorado River to prevent the shutdown of a huge dam that supplies hydropower to some 5 million customers across the U.S. West.
8 months ago
Jordanelle Reservoir (Jed Boal, KSL TV)...
Jed Boal, KSL TV

Every storm helps: storm water equivalent back to 70% statewide

“We will take all the snow and rain really at this point that we can get."
8 months 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.
8 months ago
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